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Planning for 2018

January 9, 2018

As we launch 2018 exploring the who, what why, and how of professional development for out-of-school time (OST) programs, this week we examine "How" you can use resources from Click2SciencePD to develop a professional development plan for yourself and your program.

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Investments = Results

January 2, 2018

We are kicking off the new year by thinking about planning for professional development in 2018. This month we'll be discussing the who, what, why, and how of professional development. We'll start this week by examining "Why" out-of-school programs should invest in staff development.

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What Happened to the Scientific Method?

December 19, 2017

You may have heard that the scientific method is dead. If your science classes looked like my science classes in high school, this is probably troubling. I memorized the scientific method, not just once but five times. “Form a question/write a hypothesis/design an experiment/gather data/analyze results/repeat.”

Maricela Paramo is an engineering student at UNL and a student intern with Click2Science

5 Myths About Engineering Majors

December 12, 2017

Maricela Paramo is a freshman at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln studying civil engineering. She was born in Grand Island, Nebraska but grew up in Michoacàn, Mexico until she was 8. Moving to the United States was not an easy transition for her, but it was definitely worth it. It opened up so many opportunities for her to explore and grow as a person. Now as a student intern for Click2Science Maricela's goal is to encourage people to pursue STEM majors.

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Winter STEM Activities

December 5, 2017

The drop in temperatures and change in seasons create the perfect opportunities to teach youth about the world around them. To help spark youths' interest in STEM and support their curiosity, we've compile a few easy and inexpensive STEM experiments to try out during the winter months.

Marcell Walton

Meet Marcell

November 30, 2017

When I was in eighth grade my family and I were driving back to Colorado, we had just finished visiting my godmother in Iowa and were well on our way. My future sister-in-law was driving and we were on some random part of I-80 when suddenly a routine semi-truck pass altered the trajectory of my adult life.

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Where Can I Learn New STEM Ideas? on Twitter!

November 21, 2017

The amount of information on the internet for OST providers can be overwhelming. It Twitter a tool to help you curtail all that endless searching, once and for all? Here are some of the advantages of using Twitter as a professional resource.

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Bullying – What You Can Do

November 15, 2017

Bullying is one of the most troubling behaviors that adults must look out for. Bullying can occur in both online and in-person settings, and it is the responsibility of adults to confront bullies and engage them in problem-solving, learning, and repair of relationships. Here are some guidelines from StopBullying.gov.

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Is it Science or Engineering?

November 7, 2017

Do you get confused about the difference between science and engineering? You're not alone. This blog uses resources from the National Research Council's 2013 publication, "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" to help you differentiate the S and E in STEM. I rely heavily on the contents of chapter 7, which I'd recommend if you want to learn more.