Teaching STEM

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User Pathways

Click2Science User Pathways are designed to support personal learning and developing your skills in teaching STEM in out-of-school time programs.

Planning STEM Learning Experiences

Find strategies for selecting STEM activities, preparing yourself, gathering materials, setting up the space and managing the group.

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Basics of Teaching STEM

Learn the basics of STEM teaching – strategies for asking great questions, keeping groups focused and productive, making meaningful connections and assessing what was learned.

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Engaging Youth

Develop strategies for leading fun and engaging experiences – encouraging collaboration, connecting to prior experiences and giving youth control of their own learning.

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Building STEM Identites

Prepare young people for a STEM future – helping them use STEM practices, develop their identity and make their own connections to careers that use STEM.

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Featured Web Lessons

Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn Stat Extension Better Kid Care’s learning management system.

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Tips for Using Meeting Guides

Meeting resources are brief, 15-30 minute, professional development experiences intended to introduce or reinforce STEM skills for staff. They can be part of a regularly scheduled staff meeting or conducted virtually.

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Tips for Using Training Guides

Training resources are designed for hands-on, interactive professional development experiences. These trainings engage staff with new ideas through experiences, discussions, and interaction.

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Click2Science PD Framework

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Resources

STEM Starts in the Kitchen

Helping in the kitchen can allow children to practice fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and even reading skills, but something that is not always seen is that cooking might be their first introduction to STEM. 

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Learning Communities

Professional learning communities (PLC) are working groups designed for networking and discussing best practice in the OST STEM field. Virtual communities of practice, Click2Science Learning Communities bring staff together around topics important to your organization and are powerful additions to your program.

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Tips for Coaching Staff

Coaching resources are designed to help coachees improve individual skills, thereby impacting their practice and the overall quality of the program.

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Activities to Guide Authentic Assessment

Participants will engage in peer review in order to devise strategies for getting youth involved in peer assessment.

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Building for the Big One

Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to evaluate the content youth learn before, during, and after STEM activities.

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Creating STEM Rubrics

Afterschool staff and volunteers will develop an understanding of rubrics and how to creat them with youth.

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Discover Authentic Assessment

Participants will compare four strategies for assessment in order to add more assessment of youth during learning.

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Do They Get It?

Afterschool staff and volunteers will be able to use formative assessment as a tool to communicate expectations before, during, and after student learning.

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Using Action to Determine Next Steps

Participants will use the Assessing Learning Video-Based Learning Module to set goals for assessment.

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