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

What strategy does Jean suggest here that prepares youth to learn about STEM? How would this strategy prepare the staff and youth for STEM learning?(0:45)

What is said here that is an important strategy when preparing staff to do STEM? (1:15)

What strategy is discussed here? Why is it important to set aside time for this strategy when preparing a STEM activity?  (1:24)

What is "plussing?"  By observing the youth in this section, how do you think "plussing" and reflection time help youth process the learning taking place? (2:11 - 2:30)

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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.

How would you use "plussing" and building in time for reflection differently in your program?
lupita venegas's picture
Towards the end of STEM its really time consuming but we always make time at the end of the day to ask the stduents how they came uo with their ideas. We do give positive feedback because it helps them better understand that an Engineer doesnt give up and that they need to try and try and try. There are no right or wrong answers.
How do you prepare youth for the STEM learning that is going to happen when doing STEM-rich activities?
Francisco Becerra's picture
I would prepare for STEM learning by starting off a day before with a starter meeting. In this meeting I would want to find out what the student want to learn about, so I can look for an activity that would catch their interests. 
Juan Pazmino's picture
It's Important to be prepared with lesson plan in a timely manner, questions in lesson plan should be presented  in a way that allows students to share what they've created and learned. Feedback should always be presented in a way that allows students to continue to experiment with solutions. Reflections allows student to draw out what they learned and provides ideas to use the next time. Failure is just a way to learn how not to do it the next time.

Professional Development Resources

Preparing to say "It's STEM"

Using a STEM activity to help build confidence in facilitating STEM activities with youth.
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Our Perception of STEM

Identify and employ strategies to develop confidence and comfort in facilitating STEM activities.
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM

Develop strategies to create an environment of co-inquiry and learning together with youth.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Getting Comfortable with STEM

Frontline Staff and Volunteers will be comfortable facilitating STEM activities with youth.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Don't Give Away the Answer!

Staff will have increased confidence and comfort facilitating STEM activities by understanding the goals of co-inquiry.
30 minutes
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Creating a "To Do" List

Help participants practice planning the logistics for an activity using a simple “To Do” list. 
15 minutes
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Using Dimensions of Success for Planning STEM

Using the Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool, participants can plan logistics of a STEM activity

15 minutes
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Positive Youth Development and STEM

Help staff one-on-one see themselves as youth developers and STEM faciliators

30 minutes
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Planning Logistics

This coaching resource will help you work one-on-one with staff to be stronger at facilitating STEM.

15 minutes
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Strategies for Facilitating STEM

Staff will identify strategies to create a STEM-rich learning environment. 
30 minutes
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Choosing a STEM Learning Goal

This virtual meeting resource uses the Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool to prepare an activity.

30 minutes
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Practice Getting Ready

Work with participants to get ready to faciliate STEM.
15 minutes
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Strategies for Facilitating STEM

Staff will learn strategies to create a STEM-rich learning environment.

30 minutes
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