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December 19, 2012

What might you say or do to encourage STEM thinking habits during student activities? This STEM Thinking Habit activity will provide you with some practice. For each STEM Thinking Habit type a question or two in the Questions to Encourage Thinking column. Here’s a hint; try starting your questions with "how", "what if", or "why.”

Be sure to log in before you start then when you're done, save your work in "My Notebook" so you can download it and print it later. Use it when you're working with students, and notice which questions lead to deeper thinking, such as analyzing, evaluating or creating.

To access this page and to view related materials about incorporating STEM into your programming, click here.

 



December 19, 2012

Build staff skills and confidence for integrating STEM activities and projects into existing program schedules with the STEM Everyday Training-to-Go. This hour-long customizable professional development training includes a PowerPoint, handouts, activities and training guides.

To learn more click here.

 



November 30, 2012

The STEM Diagram provides a quick overview of the topics you should address when building your STEM program. It's always available to you on every Y4Y STEM course page. After it opens, move your cursor over each section to reveal pop-up windows containing additional information.

Print out the STEM Diagram for reference or to share with colleagues and staff.

 



November 30, 2012

Whether on field trips, during projects, or while doing activities, you should always mind your P’s and Q’s. In the case of STEM, that means your Processes and Questions!

Staff should always keep in mind the processes, techniques, and vocabulary that can help reinforce scientific thinking with youth. Y4Y has a customizable training checklist designed to help you lead your staff in how and when to incorporate STEM vocabulary into your daily program activities.

 



November 30, 2012

Myths about learning science, technology, engineering and math are common but can be addressed by having the facts ready to share. This information brief provides resources to help counter common myths about STEM education.