July 22, 2013One of the best things about STEM learning is that so many programs are doing it so many different ways! What will work best for your students? Try a variety of topics and approaches and see what fits. You can find some great ideas for summer STEM activities in Y4Y’s Learn More Library. For example, get some new ideas from The Globe Program for inquiry-based learning about the environment and our planet, NatureMapping on edutopia.org for technology-inspired fieldwork, and Time To Invent Club for captivating indoor creations.
May 16, 2013
Did you miss the Coffee Break webinar in April when we highlighted several great resources on Y4Y for summer planning? Don’t worry – all of the tips and tools we talked about are still right at your fingertips. A recording of the webinar is available on Y4Y along with a list of the resources we discussed right in the Webinar Archive section. So if you weren’t able to attend or if you just want to watch it again and share it with your team, Y4Y has you covered. You can access recordings of all our webinars any time on demand at your convenience.
If you want to start using some of the tools we showcased, just click, print, and implement.
1) Zero in on the six core elements of alignment
2) Train staff with this ready-made PowerPoint about making content count
3) Get going with exciting projects using this planner
6) In the pool, on the courts, at the zoo – help staff see that STEM is everywhere
April 5, 2013
Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar on Friday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern), when we will dive into planning for summer programs. We will explore some of the resources available on Y4Y that can aid you as you prepare for summer learning. Summer is closer than you think and it is never too early to get a jump on planning for your program. As with all of our Coffee Break webinars, there will be plenty of time for Q&A so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join us on April 12th.
December 19, 2012
If you missed the great tips and resources our experts shared during the Y4Y STEM webinar on December 13th, we have you covered! Go to the webinar archives page on the Y4Y Exchange and you will have unlimited access to the valuable suggestions from Kim Larson, Director of Professional Development, Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Kristie Maher, Executive Director, South Dakota Discovery Center. To access the STEM webinar recording, visit: https://www.y4y.ed.gov/webinars/exploring-stem-in-afterschool-with-y4y.
The Y4Y Exchange provides opportunities for interactive discussions with both peers and experts through webinars, discussion boards, and resource sharing. Use these tools to exchange ideas about creating and implementing effective program practices aligned with the learning modules.
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.