Frequently Asked Questions

About Click2SciencePD

Who are Certified Click2Science Trainers?

Certified Click2Science Trainers are trainers who have attended and successfully completed the Click2Science Trainer Institute. Institute participants receive an official Click2Science Trainer certification signifying their competency to deliver Click2Science workshops.

What is Click2SciencePD?

Click2Science professional development is an easy-to-use, online training resource for program directors and staff working with youth in out-of-school time programs. Since its launch in 2015, Click2Science’s interactive platform has built stronger out-of-school time (OST) programs by helping staff deliver quality, well-facilitated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities in a way that “clicks” in the minds of school-age children. Learn more.

What is the difference between Coaching, Meeting, and Training?

Coaching sessions are designed to help coachees improve individual skills, thereby impacting thier practice and overall quality of the program. Coaching involves ongoing teaching, reinforcement of newly learned skills, and adaptations of skills and knowledge of the field to fit practioner's personal style. Staff coaching includes activities for both individuals and small groups, such as on-the-job observation, instruction, modeling, feedback, debriefing, and emotional support. Learn more about using our Coaching Resources.

Meeting sessions are brief, 15-30 minutes, professional development experiences intended to introduce or reinforce STEM skills for staff. They can be part of a regularly scheduled staff meeting or conducted virtually. Meeting sessions focus on a single skill and are designed to be part of ongoing professional development experiences combined with training and coaching sessions to create a blended learning experience that makes a meaningful impact on staff. Learn more about using our Meeting Resources.

Training sessions are hands-on, interactive professional development experiences. These trainings engage staff with new ideas through experiences, discussions, and interaction. Each training focuses on a single skill for facilitating STEM learning. Well trained staff can deliver high quality OST programming that has a positive impact on youth. The skills and competencies that staff need to deliver high quality programming can be developed through the interactions and discussions of a well-planned professional development program. Learn more about using our Training Resources.

What is an OST program?

An out-of-school time (OST) program — synonymous with afterschool program, extended learning opportunity and informal or nonformal education — refers to any youth development program that occurs outside of the typical school day. OST programs provide regularly-scheduled and supervised activities to youth where unstructured learning can take place before or after school, on weekends, or during summer or seasonal breaks.

Why was Click2SciencePD developed?

High quality, 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, and OST STEM programs can help ensure that young people have these skills. However, OST staff involved in these programs often lack the capacity they need to effectively plan and facilitate STEM learning in a way that builds the knowledge and skills that young people need. Click2Science is designed to address the need for affordable, high-quality STEM professional development for OST program professionals.

How do I register for Click2SciencePD?

To register as a Click2Science member, click on the Register link at the top right of the page. Complete the registration form or opt to register through a linked social media account,

What does it cost to register for Click2SciencePD?

Membership, courses and training resources are completely free. Registered users looking to earn CEUs through Better Kid Care may pay per lesson through the Better Kid Care website.

How do I contact Click2Science?

Contact us at click2sciencepd@unl.edu.

What is Positive Youth Development or PYD?

Positive Youth Development (PYD) refers to intentional efforts to ensure positive outcomes for youth by providing opportunities, building strong relationships, and equipping youth with foundations needed to build and grow in their own leadership skills. Learn more.

Who are Frontline Staff?

Frontline Staff are individuals in your afterschool program that work directly with youth to guide a program or activity. This may include volunteers, entry-level staff, summer staff, childcare providers, or educators. Essentially, any adult leader that are required to interact with youth are considered Frontline Staff.

What skills do Frontline Staff need to facilitate quality STEM learning?

There are 20 key skills staff can develop to effectively facilitate STEM learning with youth and ensure high-quality STEM education in out-of-school-time. Learn more about the 20 Skills to identify which skills to build in yourself, your staff, or your program.

Who are Coaches and Trainers?

A coach or trainer is any individual in charge of providing professional development to frontline staff in out-of-school time. Coaches and trainers may be individuals within an OST organization who's responsible for finding professional development opportunities or directly training staff or volunteers themselves. They may also refer to any professional development provider outside of an OST organization who delivers professional development to frontline staff.

About Click2SciencePD Better Kid Care Lessons

What is Better Kid Care?

Better Kid Care is an on-demand distance education system that provides professional development lessons to youth development professionals. An outreach educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension, Better Kid Care aims to improve the quality of youth care.

What is a CEU?

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an organized professional development training program under responsible sponsorship, direction, and qualified instruction. Click2Science CEU's are qualified through the Penn State Better Kid Care Program. A CEU is used for occupational records and for individuals who wish to document their accomplishments in areas of technical or personal development. Individual CEU's document completion of training or education, indicating readiness to enter into the next phase of training or career enhancement.

How do i access Click2SciencePD Better Kid Care Lessons?

To access Click2SciencePD Better Kid Care lessons, you must first sign in or create an account with Better Kid Care. For step-by-step instructions on accessing the Click2SciencePD Better Kid Care lessons, please watch our brief video tutorial. 

How do I know if a Click2SciencePD Better Kid Care Lesson is approved in my state?

Click here to search for your state on Better Kid Care’s website to find out if Click2Science professional development lessons for OST program providers are approved.

What if I have a free access code?

To access your Click2SciencePD OnDemand Web Lesson, make sure that you have your access code handy. Please follow the directions below:

 

Instructions for taking the Click2Science lesson and using the prepayment code:

1. If this is your first time customer with Better Kid Care OnDemand Web Lessons, you will need to get registered. Click here to go to the Better Kid Care (BKC) On Demand Lesson page.  For more information how to register with BKC,  please watch our tutorial video by clicking here.  

2. If you are a returning customer, sign in to the Better Kid Care On Demand Web Lessons portal.

3. Select “Lesson Series or Courses” from the Lessons menu on the left.

4. Select Click2Science (C2S) lessons at the top of the list.

5. Scroll down until you find the lesson with the title you received in your initial email. (If you do not have a title, please choose any of the Click2Science lessons listed)

6. Select this lesson to begin taking this professional development course. You can start and stop the lesson as needed.

7. When you finish the content portion of the lesson, you will be taken to a payment screen. Enter your prepayment code.

For other questions, please use our helpful FAQ page and our page for those Interested in Earning Credits.  Or, contact us at click2sciencepd@unl.edu