Get to know Click2Science

Use Click2Science with your out-of-school staff to help them develop the 20 Skills to Make STEM Click when engaging youth in informal STEM learning.
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  • Where Do I Start?

How can you benefit from Click2Science?

State Program Leaders

State program leaders can improve overall program quality in their state with the Click2Science professional development resources.

Frontline staff and volunteers

Frontline staff and volunteers can watch the 20 skills to make STEM Click in action and have access to the engaging STEM activities.

Site directors and coordinators

Site directors and coordinators can choose the coaching, training, and meeting resources that fit their site needs to deliver professional development to staff and volunteers.

Trainers and coaches

Trainers and coaches have a wealth of ready to use, free resources to develop the STEM skills of frontline staff and volunteers.

Educators

Educators can access the interactive videos, activities,and training, coaching, and meeting resources to improve their skills in leading STEM activities.

 

What you will find at Click2Science

  1. Professional development resources
  2. Learning modules staff can see themselves in
  3. STEM activities you can easily use with youth
  4. Community that is passionate about STEM learning

How do I navigate Click2Science?

Scroll through the slides to see all that Click2Science has to offer.

20 Skills to make STEM Click

These categories guide you to the 20 Skills that make STEM Click.

Interactive Video-Based Learning Modules

Learning Modules are interactive, innovative video professional development tools.

Training, Coaching & Meeting Resources

 Printable resources for trainings, workshops, staff meetings and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Quality supporting STEM activities

Access to the quality STEM activities used in learning modules and training resources.

A Passionate STEM Community

Click2Science provides access to a community of practice for STEM educators, including discussions, blogs, a job board, and news.

Click2Science Blog

STEM out-of-school time experts share what they're doing and hints for teaching STEM more effectively.

Looking for the resources that informed our work?

The 20 Skills that Make STEM Click were identified by looking through existing research and resources, as well as seeking input form frontline facilitators, trainers, and coaches about the skills they needed help supporting. Learn more

Click2Science Web Lessons

Looking for self-directed professional development that out-of-school staff and volunteers can complete on their own? Click2Science has partnered with Better Kid Care to provide quality STEM training for youth development professionals via online, on-demand Web Lessons. Hosted on Better Kid Care's learning management system, Click2Science Web Lessons teach frontline staff and volunteers to facilitate quality STEM learning experiences with youth in out-of-school time settings.

STEM Professional Development for Frontline Staff & Volunteers

Earn Credit

Staff and volunteers can earn CEUs or professional development credit from approved states for successfully completing Click2Science Web Lessons. Keep a record of training hours by downloading a certificate of completion after the assessment at the end of each lesson.

Quality Content

Click2Science Web Lessons are research-based courses developed in collaboration with Better Kid Care's curriculum development specialists and youth development experts. Built around each of the Click2Science skills — skills staff need to successfully engage youth in STEM learning — Click2Science Web Lessons include multiple forms of media content (video, reflection, and hands-on activities) and opportunities for participants to plan how they will take what they've learned and apply it in their program.

Online & On-Demand

Staff and volunteers can master each of the Click2Science skills when it’s convenient for them. Click2Science Web Lessons are online and on-demand, giving staff flexibility with their training and helping them fit professional development into their busy schedules.

Self-Directed

Click2Science Web Lessons are self-directed, so staff can go at their own pace. Self-directed lessons eliminate the need for professional development providers and reduce the work required of trainers.

Affordable

Each Click2Science Web Lesson costs only five dollars, an affordable alternative to other expensive and time-consuming professional development solutions.

Positive Youth Development


How to Access Click2Science Web Lessons

Get started today by viewing our short tutorial video on accessing Click2Science Web Lessons, or checking out our FAQ page for more information. For additional questions, please contact us via email at click2sciencepd@unl.edu.

After reviewing the tutorial video above, click the link below to create an account or sign in to Better Kid Care's learning management system to get started!

Better Kid Care's Learning Management System


Lessons Offered

Select a lesson title below to view the lesson's description and learning objectives. To begin any of the lessons below, please review the tutorial video above for instructions on accessing Click2Science Web Lessons within Better Kid Care. After reviewing the video sign in to or create an account with Better Kid Care's learning management system.


Positive Youth Development Foundations Web Lessons

In order to build learning and engagement in STEM, we must first understand how youth develop and be able to apply positive youth development (PYD) principles when providing enriching and challenging learning experiences with youth. Click2Science also offers additional Web Lessons focused on building positive youth development foundational skills in frontline staff and volunteers. 

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Build a Stronger Out-of-School Time Program

Receiving training credits from Penn State Extension's Better Kid Care program is a quality indicator for not only staff, but entire out-of-school time programs. Continuing education helps out-of-school time professionals provide higher quality care to youth, especially in STEM fields. When staff earn credit for completing Click2Science Web Lessons through Better Kid Care, programs are also demonstrating their dedication to quality STEM education in out-of-school time.

Program directors, trainers, and individuals in charge of professional development can prepay for multiple lessons in advance in order to encourage staff to take Click2Science's online courses. Track the lessons as they're completed by staff by choosing to receive an email each time your prepayment code is used. Sign in to Better Kid Care's learning management system to purchase a prepayment code, or visit Better Kid Care's website for additional information.