Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will prepare high-quality STEM activities for youth.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Indicate how well a given STEM activity allows youth to conduct hands-on exploration and investigation.
- Determine whether an activity connects to youths' daily lives.
- Adapt STEM activities to the unpredictable environment of out-of-school learning and to their specific program's needs.
- Design activities that begin with play and move toward systematic engagement.
- Select appropriate STEM activities for out-of-school programs.
- Organize materials for learning.
- Plan opportunities for youth to use science and engineering practices with creativity and imagination.
Note: Preparedness is not observable, but good preparation impacts the organization of the activity and level of students' participation.
Staff Development Guides
Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These dowloadable 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 design to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.
Participants will engage in the straw rocket challenge to learn to prepare and plan STEM learning opportunities.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Participants will prepare materials and contingency plans for common STEM activities in order to prepare high-quality STEM learning opportunities.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Participants will engage in the egg drop challenge to learn to plan and rate STEM learning opportunities on their quality.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Participants will evaluate common STEM activities in order to prepare high-quality STEM learning opportunities.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Participants will evaluate Wonderful Junk in order to prepare high-quality STEM learning opportunities.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Participants will reflect on their management of materials to learn to better prepare for STEM learning.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will create a detailed lesson plan to learn to prepare for STEM learning.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:30 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's Better Kid Care learning managemente system. To take a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessins on Better Kid Care. For more information about Self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.
Out-of-school (OST) time staff have a unique opportunity to impact the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills of school-age children. This module features interactive experiences, resource handouts, and videos to help staff prepare to facilitate STEM experiences to meet the interests and developmental levels of youth and provide STEM learning for youth and staff. This module is part of the twenty Click2Science skills designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEM
Out-of-school time (OST) staff and volunteers have a unique opportunity to impact the science, technology, engineering, and math skills of children. This lesson is part of the twenty Click2Science skills designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences. This lesson features interactive experiences and handouts for selecting STEM activities to meet the interests and developmental levels of youth, providing STEM learning opportunities for youth and staff, and finding activity resources.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEM
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.
This recorded webinar will help you find great Making and Tinkering activities for your program whether you have a dedicated MakerSpace, or have to pick up everything and put it away at 5:00. Beyond just finding activities, this interactive webinar will prepare you to evaluate and adapt activities to maximize the learning experience.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMDate:July 11, 2017
During this webinar, Click2Science shared tools and strategies to use whn selecting and evaluating the quality of STEM activities. We evaluated an activity from the Click2Science site and shared our favorite places to find quality STEM activities, with some additional ideas provided by fellow out-of-school time educators.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMDate:November 17, 2015
Our programs are often led by staff or volunteers with little experience leading STEM activities. What are some simple things we can do to help them prepare themselves to lead STEM Activities? This webinar will focus on resources designed to help prepare staff and volunteers for leading STEM.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMDate:October 20, 2015
Looking to add digital learning opportunities to your out-of-school time program? During this webinar, the Click2Science team and out-of-school time educators share some of their favorite resources for digital learning.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEMDate:March 5, 2015