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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Making It Relevant

Participants will brainstorm science practices in order to add more opportunities for youth to connect the work of scientists to their everyday activities.

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Improving Connections

Participants will design dough creatures to learn to connect youths’ prior experiences to STEM activities.

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Identifying Connections to Prior Knowledge

Participants will watch the Presenting a Challenge Video-Based Learning Module and complete the Bridges worksheet to better connect everyday experiences to STEM.

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Connecting to Prior Knowledge with an Idea Walk

Participants will do an idea walk in order to add more opportunities for youth to connect their prior knowledge to STEM activities.

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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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3 Ways to Use Prior Knowledge

Interest survey, self-documentation, brainstrom or chalk talk are techniques that can help youth make connections to their prior knowledge and experiences.

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Why is Prior Knowledge so Important?

Helping youth engage in their life experiences is a powerful motivator for learning, and it can be a springboard for their interests too!

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Plastics Density

Learn about recycling and investigate the different properties of plastics, how numbers on plastic are related to their properties and how they are recycled.

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