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Getting the Most Out of NGSS: Using the Crosscutting Concepts

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Crosscutting Concepts provide us with a great way to help youth bridge science learning across various contexts.

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Celebrating Math in Afterschool

It can be hard to incorporate math into an afterschool program, so this webinar provides some ideas about starting your own Math Club or Math Family Night.

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Science and Math with Dr. Suess

This webinar shares some fun ways to connect Dr. Suess books to science and math.

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Making, Tinkering & Engineering: What’s the Difference?

Making, tinkering, and engineering activities are all excellent ways to engage children and youth in afterschool and summer programs. A search of all three terms provides a myriad of activities that range from simple to complex, and that use materials from the standard kitchen or desktop items to computers and 3D printers. The kind of activities you choose will depend on your goals.

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Featured Activity: Build a Battery

This building a battery activity will guide youth through creating a battery that converts chemical energy to electrical energy.

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Pride in STEM – Creating Inclusive STEM Learning Environments

We provide in this webinar three professional development resources that can be utilized in out-of-school time (OST) programming to ensure future generations experience more inclusive environments in STEM.

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Connecting with Nature in a Concrete Jungle

Out-of-school time educators who work in urban settings may feel like they have few to no options for connecting youth to nature. It is the educator’s job to notice nature and to provide opportunities for children to observe and be curious about it. Likewise, it is the provider’s role to introduce nature to a setting when it is absent.

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Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Opportunities Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover & Create

STEM offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce. High-quality STEM opportunities help youth develop critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills; enhance creativity; and engage in an investigative process.

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Making Connections to STEAM Careers

There are many careers where individuals creatively explore and solve problems using science, technology, and engineering. These types of careers provide the perfect connection for youth who are passionate about the arts.

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