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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:

What does Gauri say at the beginning, and listen to her voice tone, that gives a sense of openness and encouragement to experimenting with designs? (Listen at 0:18)

What happens here that models the engineering process of observation and sharing challenges? (Watch at 1:02,:08)

Listen as Gauri says "successfully boiled the water" (Keeping in mind that they are doing a re-design at this point, so they have had a chance to rebuild a stove that might have not been successful in the beginning). What specific ways can staff make sure to celebrate successes and failures? (Listen at 1:58)

What did you notice specifically about the students during the redesign process? Did they seem engaged and eager to do the re-design? (Watch at 1:48)

How would you facilitate this activity differently? What would you do the same?

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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 did you see here that encouraged youth to test, redesign and optimize their ideas?
How would you help youth learn from their mistakes?  What strategies could you use to help them develop persistance and effort in retesting and redesign?

What did you like about the way the frontine staff supported youth?  What would you have done differently?  
What would you have done differently to encourage youth to feel comfortable about re-testing their stove design?

Professional Development Resources

Supporting Testing and Re-testing: Welcoming Change - Heavy Lifting

Using NASA's Heavy Lifting Rocket Activity, staff will focus on the role of observation, refining designs, and re-testing in the engineering process.
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Encouraging Youth With Testing and Re-testing - Heavy Lifting

Using NASA's Heavy Lifting Rocket Activity, staff will learn the importance of testing and re-testing and how to support youth during this process.
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Supporting Testing and Re-Testing: Welcoming Change

The focus in this training session is on conducting focused observations, refining the designs, and re-testing.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Encouraging Youth with Testing and Re-Testing

This training session help staff members and volunteers encourage youth to keep trying, and support youth who try out new skills with imperfect...

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Re-Testing and Success

This session focuses on supporting students through the re-testing phase of the activity.

30 minutes
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Design and Test

Staff members and volunteers will be able to help youth support testing and re- testing as a strategy for increasing inquiry and understanding....

15 minutes
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Everyone's a Critic

Staff members and volunteers will be able to help youth use testing and re- testing as a strategy for increasing inquiry and understanding.

15 minutes
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Discussing Testing in the Design Process

This face-to-face meeting focuses on using testing in the design process

30 minutes
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This is a Test

This face-to-face meeting encourages testing and the value it has in a STEM activity

15 minutes
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Observation and Re-Testing

This virtual meeting session focuses on developing observation skills as part of testing and re-testing.

30 minutes
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