Supporting Youth Development Through STEM

Staff will use positive youth development practices to engage youth in meaningful STEM learning experiences. Positive youth development is essential to developing well-rounded youth who are engaged with their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families. Out-of-school time STEM education is well-positioned to equip youth with the opportunities, relationships, and the foundation they need to build and grow their leadership skills.

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Managing Groups During STEM

Frontline staff and volunteers will manage behavior of youth during STEM activities.

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Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work

Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to effectively facilitate collaborative STEM learning experiences.

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Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences

Frontline staff and volunteers will design and continually attend to the social and emotional safety of youth and respond to the inequities when they occur.

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Developing a STEM Identity

Frontline staff and volunteers will be support youth in viewing themselves as someone who learns about, uses, and sometimes contributes to science – someone who has a personal identity as a science learner.

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Making Connections to STEM Careers

Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to connect their program to the work of STEM professionals.

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Connecting to Prior Knowledge & Experiences

Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to effectively connect STEM activities to the knowledge and experiences (culture, gender, socioeconomic status, language, daily experiences, etc.) of the youth in their program.

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Giving Youth Control

Frontline staff and volunteers will provide opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learning.

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Reflecting on Your Own Skills

Participants will watch the What Do You Know About Circuits Video-Based Learning Module to learn to connect youths’ experiences to STEM pathways and careers.

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There’s Always Room for Improvement

Participants will watch the Linking My Experiences to Societal Needs Video-Based Learning Module and complete the Bridges worksheet to better connect everyday experiences to STEM.

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Connecting Learning Activities to STEM Careers

Participants will brainstorm STEM careers and connect them to common out-of-school time activities.

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Connecting STEM Activities to Future Careers

Participants will watch the Trying Out Career Roles module to learn how to connect activities to STEM careers.

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Creating an Action Plan for Connecting to STEM Careers

Participants will watch the Connecting the Activity to a Career Video-Based Learning Module to learn to connect youths’ experience to STEM pathways and careers.

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Identifying My Ideas About STEM Careers

Participants will match their assumptions about STEM with a list of careers to learn how to connect activities to STEM careers.

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Identifying Possible STEM Careers

Participants will watch the Bringing in the Experts Video-Based Learning Module and explore soil ecology to learn to connect STEM careers to out-of-school time activities.

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Identifying STEM Career Connections

Participants will watch Trying Out Career Roles Video-Based Learning Module to learn to connect youths’ experiences to STEM pathways and careers.

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Including STEM Careers in Daily Activities

Participants will watch a Video-Based Learning Module related to upcoming activities to learn to connect youths’ experiences to STEM pathways and careers.

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