Building an environment where youth are safe, supported, and encouraged to be creative is very important especially when we are challenging them to test and re-test. Listen as Jennifer talks about her relationship with the girls in her program. Watch the strategies she uses to create a positive emotional climate around STEM learning.
Research suggests: Frontline staff and volunteers design environments to be safe and allow exploration. (Learning Science in Informal Environments) Frontline staff need to help girls feel comfortable trying out new ways of looking at problems and testing innovative strategies as the youth explore concepts that are new to them. (Effective STEM Programs For Adolescent Girls)