Teaching STEM

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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Let There Be Light Module

Participants will watch the “Let there be Light!” learning module to learn why STEM identities matter.

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Let There Be Light

Youth are given the challenge to build a simple circuit. The facilitator uses purposeful questions to support and direct their learning.

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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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Using the Crosscutting Concepts – Cause and Effect

Learning about cause and effect is a great way to increase interest and engagement in science.

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Using the Crosscutting Concepts – Patterns

Looking for, identifying, and using patterns is a vital concept in science and engineering

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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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Participants will reflect on programmatic challenges in order to add more active learning opportunities to their program.

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