November 30, 2016

STEM Activities to Try This Winter

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.

    August 1, 2016

    Planting the Seed that makes “STEM” Grow

    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

    Positive Youth Development

    June 15, 2016

    Where’s the Inquiry?

    Like that little old lady in that fast food commercial who asks, “Where’s the beef?”, I sometimes wonder, “Where’s the inquiry?” when observing a STEM activity. While staff members are diligently following a lesson plan, and I can see that many good things are happening, it still feels scripted and flat. Everything is too tidy, and the kids don’t have any ownership.

    June 6, 2016

    Get Outdoors!

    Spending time in nature allows children to focus, think more clearly, exercise their senses and improve their impulses. Of course, nature is also great place to get kids excited about STEM. But with so many advantages of getting outdoors, why are kids spending so little time there?
    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!

    Outdoor Learning

    March 25, 2016

    Women in Engineering: Why I Chose an Engineering Degree

    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.

    Developing a Science and Engineering Identity