Well-facilitated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them. These are essential skills for success in life and increasingly important in the global economy. Out-of-school time (OST) STEM programs, or STEM learning opportunities that occur outside of the typical school day, can help ensure that young people have these skills. However, many frontline staff and volunteers, who work directly with the youth in these programs, lack the capacity they need to effectively plan and deliver positive STEM learning experiences. Click2SciencePD addresses the need for low-cost, high-quality professional development by providing OST professionals the resources and skills they need to create positive STEM learning experiences with youth.
High-Quality STEM Professional Development
Click2SciencePD, developed by Nebraska Extension with funding from the Noyce Foundation, provides online STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time trainers and coaches supporting frontline staff or volunteers working directly with youth. The Click2Science blended professional development model uses a variety of ongoing professional development experiences to improve the instructional skills of OST professionals while facilitating STEM learning experiences. Click2Science offers resources including staff development guides webinars, and self-directed web lessons approved for professional development requirements in 42 states.