Connecting to Science Principles
Connecting something that is common to youth to new science principles is a great strategy for helping youth learn about STEM. Watch as Stephanie uses familiar plastics and what youth know about recycling, to connect to the youth to the concept of properties of matter. Pay special attention to how she uses hands-on, interactive experiences to make the connection.
Research suggests: Recognition of the overlap between everyday activities and the “official” activities of science can highlight some valuable access points to science for learners who might not otherwise engage in scientific activities. (LSIE) Frontline staff and volunteers link STEM learning to current events/issues (e.g. Global warming, *Recycling) and community concerns. (Dimensions of Success)