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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

How does Stephanie get youth excited about the design challenge? How do the youth respond? (0:11 - 0:32)

What do you see staff doing here? What are youth doing? (1:15 - 1:25)

What are three strategies staff model here that sustains youth interest? (1:32 - 1:50)

How else could you ignite and sustain youth interest when doing a challenging activity?

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Watch the skill video

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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What can make sparking interest more difficult when doing a design challenge activity?
LaVonne McCullough's picture
unclear directions - activity is not age appropriate
Leronda Murphy's picture
Maybe if the children weren't familiar with roller-coasters
Why is it important to go over instructions when doing a design challenge?  How can that influence youth engagement?
lupita venegas's picture
When doing a design challenge you need to be very clear on how to use the materials and the idea of the project is. If you don't understand how to do the project or the idea behind it it will be difficult to explain to the students. Make sure as an instructor you go over your plans 1 day in advance and experiment it yourself. Understanding how to do the experiment students will better understand and if you encourage them to try it out even better.
LaVonne McCullough's picture
Checking for understanding is imperative to the youths success, when the youth are able to grasp the concept they are free to create.
LaVonne McCullough's picture
Checking for understanding is imperative to the youths success, when the youth are able to grasp the concept they are free to create.
Leronda Murphy's picture
So the children know what materials they have to work with and how they might manipulate the materials. It's allowing them to problem solve with their group of peers / others about what works or not.