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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

How does Stephanie allow youth to make different predictions about plastics and their properties?  (1:27 - 1:46)

What strategies does Stephanie use to connect youth's knowledge of plastics to density of matter?  (1:45- 2:41)

How does Stephanie link what they have talked about plasitcs to the real issue of Recycling?  (3:02 - End)

What other strategies would you use with youth in this activity?

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Watch the skill video

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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

Science learning involves connecting to lived, social experiences.  How did this video show that connection?
Think about your programming. What can you do to portray STEM activities as social and relevant experiences?
Connecting to prior knowledge and building on that connection to a more complex idea is key to youth learning STEM.  How did Stephanie connect what youth already knew about plastics to a more complex principle?