Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning

Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning

Staff and volunteers will be able to support youth to use a variety of documentation strategies during STEM.

As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, staff and volunteers will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of conveying STEM concepts in multiple formats; particularly using symbols, drawings, models, diagrams, charts, tables, text or non-verbal means.
  • Identify strategies to foster use of a variety of documentation strategies.
  • Connect the process of documenting data, observations, inferences and conclusions to real-world scientific processes.
  • Connect the process of documenting design ideas, sketches, testing results and design solutions to real-world engineering processes.


Applying Strategies for Documenting STEM

Participants will document their learning with three activities: “Sink or Float,” “Paper Airplanes,” and “Amphibian/Fish Comparison”. They will also complete a self-reflection and set goals for their practice.

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Developing Your Best Strategies

Learn new strategies for documenting STEM learning.

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A Perfect Record

Participants will review strategies for having youth document their learning in order to use more STEM writing strategies.

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Sink or Float

Learn about the science process, classify objects, and observe the behavior of objects by testing whether items sink or float.

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Using Science Journals in OST

Learn how you can use science journals to help youth document and reflect upon their STEM learning.

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Take Note! Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning

Documenting learning can be a burden at times, especially in an active out-of-school-time setting where children are coming and going throughout the program time. Yet showing evidence of learning may be the lifeline to a program’s funding and survival. In this module, review practical examples of the “why,” “what,” and “how” of STEM processes documentation.

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