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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 did Natalie ask here that was effective in getting children to think and talk about the moon? (0:11 - 0:25)

What strategy does Natalie use here to get youth to think critically about the phases of the moon? (1:15 - 1:25)

How can you tell youth are engaged in what Natalie asks them to do here? (1:26 - 2:04)

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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.

Why are using active learning strategies important?
David Colin's picture
It is important to give the kids a chance to do hands on learning. It helps with visualizing and expressing their creativety. Their product helps them remember easily. When they share it helps not only them but help others understand better, possibly in a different manner others might not have thought!
Harvey Medina's picture
When youth are exposed to activities that are hands on they are immediatly forced to learn every step of they way no matter how small or large that step is they are advancing no matter what. this is different from other ways of learning like reading or wathcing a demenstration because as these youth are exposed to it they are also exposed to looking beyound the point of the lesson because these types of activities tend to spur more questions.
Juan Pazmino's picture
It promotes curiosity in learning when students are activ learners, the burden of being right and the fear of making a mistake lessens.
What are different strategies you use to actively engage youth in STEM learning?
David Colin's picture
I think a good strategie I've used in the past is helping the kids memorize in an artistic manner. Whether is using crayons, paint, construction paper (etc.), or memorizing in a poem, song, or dance. Another way is letting the kids getting their hands on during the activity giving them a duty and have everyone have a turn.
Harvey Medina's picture
My favorite STEM activities to run use the engineering design cycle these are my favorite because I think going through this process is not only benifital for them to learn the activity lessons I am running but because they can implement this way of thinking in virtually anyhting they do in life

Professional Development Resources

Developing an Active STEM Learning Environment - Level II

Staff will experiment with Glurch and Oobleck and develop goals for improving active learning in their STEM actitivies. 

1 hour, 30 minutes
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What Skills Do I Need?

Staff members will have the opportunity to focus on their own skills used for Active STEM Learning.
15 minutes
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Identifying Challenges

Purpose: Out-of-school staff members or volunteers will have the opportunity to identify challenges to Active STEM Learning.

30 minutes
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What About Challenges?

Staff will identify barriers and solutions for incorporating active STEM learning activities in their program. 

30 minutes
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