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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
Step
2

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What types of questions does Andrea ask the youth? (Listen at 0:55, 1:18)

How does she show support as they are developing their explanations? (Watch at 1:00, 1:22)

What are the different ways Andrea is modeling the scientific process to youth? (Listen at 1:50, 2:20)

How would you help youth develop and expand explanations differently? What would you do the same?

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3

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 are some examples of how to support and encourage youth in a way that inspires excitement in STEM?

What examples did you see of questioning used to purposefully guide the youth during the process?

How did the youth use evidence to support their explanations?

Why do you think it is important for youth to explain what they are doing and how they are thinking about it?

How might you use the key actions (Encouragement, Questioning, Facilitation, Support and Modeling Processes) as you work with youth?

Professional Development Resources

Developing & Expanding Youth Explanations

Staff members and volunteers will facilitate opportunities for youth to construct and critique explanations (science), design solutions (...

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Developing & Expanding Explanations

Frontline staff and volunteers will provide opportunities for youth to construct and critique explanations (science), design solutions (...

45 minutes
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Expanding Explanations

Afterschool staff members and volunteers will be able to practice and improve key actions to facilitate opportunities for youth to develop and...

30 minutes
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Supporting Youth by Encouraging Development of Explanations

Afterschool staff and volunteers will be able to identify key actions to facilitate opportunities for youth to develop and expand scientific...

30 minutes
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Developing & Expanding Explanations

Afterschool staff members and volunteers will be able to identify key actions to help facilitate opportunities for youth to develop and expand...

30 minutes
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Exploring Explanations

Afterschool staff and volunteers will be able to identify key actions to facilitate opportunities for youth to develop and expand scientific...

30 minutes
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Encouraging Explanations in Your Work

Afterschool staff members and volunteers will be able to identify key actions to help facilitate opportunities for youth to develop and expand...

30 minutes
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