Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities | Click2Science

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.

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.

  • Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM

    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

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  • Selecting STEM Activities

    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

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On-Demand Webinars

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.