When youth are introduced to approachable and relatable STEM role models, they are more likely to pursue STEM courses and careers in the future. STEM role models can alter a young person’s perceptions about what STEM professionals look like, exemplify a clear pathway to STEM, and illustrate how STEM works in their community.
Girls are considered a marginalized population in STEM because of their under-representation in STEM-related professions. In order to help diminish this gender gap, we've compiled some ways to keep girls engaged in STEM.
Click2Science’s mission is to provide valuable resources and information that helps out-of-school time (OST) professionals create quality STEM learning experiences with youth. In an effort to expand upon its lineup of resources, Click2Science is introducing a new STEM Education Expert to its blog in 2017.
New Season, New Opportunity to Explore Science!As the temperature drops and seasons change, youth in your program may begin to wonder how icicles form, why snow melts or why we put salt on icy roads. This creates the perfect opportunity to teach youth about the changes in states of matter. In order to encourage this curiosity in youth, Click2SciencePD has compiled a few easy, inexpensive STEM experiments to try out during the winter months.
Connect Activities to Real-World Careers
Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. They can be childcare providers, camp leaders, afterschool professionals, or even volunteers with little to no background in development or education. Due to this diversity, it’s essential to ensure there’s a basic understanding of positive youth development among those working in the field.
What is PYD
New staff training is important to the quality of every OST program. Check out these top three resources we've compiled to use with new staff during the summer months.
Many studies report that children spend, on average, less than 30 minutes per day in outdoor play. However, estimates vary greatly and some studies even claim that youth spend as little as four to seven minutes per day outside. That’s crazy!
I became interested in engineering during my freshmen year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, after I took a chemical engineering introduction course. I realized that the technical skills in math and sciences gained throughout my previous schooling had finally become practical. The opportunity to combine engineering principles with biological sciences to improve and advance the medical field is what started my interest in Biological Systems Engineering. After several inquiries and doing some research, I was sure engineering was something I wanted to pursue.