Understanding Your Audience Needs
Watch and listen as Jean discusses the importance of understanding the needs of both your staff and youth when evaluating materials and resources for STEM learning. Pay close to attention to strategies she uses to set everyone up for success.
Research suggests: Undertaking a needs assessment early in the development process can ensure that the materials are on target and appropriate for various audiences, including children of different ages and practitioners with varying amounts of experience with leading STEM activities (Implementing OST STEM Resources). Frontline staff model desirable science learning behaviors, in turn shaping how learners interact with science, with one another, and with educational materials (Learning Science in Informal Environments).