Modeling Science Practices
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will facilitate opportunities for youth to apply science practices including investigating questions, using data, and developing explanations.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Model the practices of science for youth.
- Facilitate science investigations, including opportunities for youth to ask questions, collect and analyze data, and construct explanations.
- Support youth to talk through their ideas, including developing explanations and communicating their ideas with others.
- Engage youth in investigating their questions that are important to them and their community.
- Identify local scientists who could visit their site.
Staff Development Guides
Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These downloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, videos learning modules, supporting documents and handouts. The guides available below are designed to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.
Participants will build a watershed to learn to engage youth with science investigations.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSkill:Situation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Participants will compare scientific questions and engineering design to learn how to support youth in scientific practices.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:30 minutes
Participants will identify prompting questions to learn how to support youth in explaining scientific thinking.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:15 minutes
Participants will conduct the Wonderwise Nutty Investigation to learn how to support youth to engage in science practices.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Training (large group)Length:70 minutes
Participants will reflect on the Encouraging Youth to Communicate Ideas Video-Based Learning Module to learn to engage youth with explanations of local science.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will reflect on two styles of instruction in order to emphasize conceptual development.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:30 minutes
Participants will watch the Preparing to Present Findings Professionally Video-Based Learning Module and create SMART Goals to support youth in science practices.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will expand an upcoming lesson to learn to engage youth in conceptual STEM learning.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will learn how to support youth to engage in science practices through an Exploring Soil Ecology activity.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Training (large group)Length:75 minutes
Self-Directed Web Lessons
Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn State Extension Better Kid Care learning management system. To complete a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessons on Better Kid Care. For more information about self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.
Out of school time (OST) programs provide school-age children with opportunities to play and explore. In this module facilitators learn how to maximize the value of these experiences by helping children to finish the learning process, developing and communicating the explanations about what they have discovered. Developing explanations is an important STEM skill, linked to the 21st century skills of critical thinking and communication.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
Asking questions, trying ideas, and seeing how things work--that’s what scientific inquiry is all about. Out of school personnel support youth in this process by modeling these skills to the children in their care. Knowing that discoveries don’t usually happen in a linear order allows adults to meet children wherever their curiosity emerges and to guide them to deeper investigations. This module includes video examples and downloadable resources to equip the provider in this coaching role.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments. STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events. All webinars are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are designed to support the skill. Encouraging Collaboration. For more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit our Webinar page.
Scientists are very good at asking questions, and they have great tools that help them find answers. Learn how you can use tools to help youth understand the work of being a scientist. This webinar will help you prepare to explore a science concept with youth and use the tools of a scientist without being a science expert.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetDate:December 13, 2017