- When doing STEM, it’s important to ask purposeful questions, but what about when youth are struggling?
Watch an experienced frontline staff member, Katie, use purposeful questions to encourage youth to think deeply about their STEM learning experience.
- Have a handful of go-to open ended questions to ask during STEM activities if you can’t come up with a question. For example, what do you think will happen when….?
- Ask questions that start with What, How, or Why. Try to avoid asking yes-no questions.
- Questions should help youth explain their thinking, make predictions, observe, and reflect.
- Practice the STEM activity and write down questions that you think of as you do the activity.
Professional Development Resources
Reflecting on My PracticeCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: When Youth Are StrugglingStaff will identify ways to use questions to increase youth learning in STEM.15 minutes
Determining the “Best” QuestionsCategory: Training Resources
What questions are the best and most effective questions when doing STEM with youth?1 hour, 30 minutes
Developing Your Own Purposeful QuestionsCategory: Training Resources
Train your staff to develop and use their own purposeful questions.1 hour, 30 minutes
Trying out QuestionsCategory: Training Resources
How can we increase youth learning in STEM? Work together as a team to develop strategies for asking questions with purpose.30 minutes
What Do You See?Category: Meeting Resources
Virtually help your team identify questions they can use to increase youth learning in STEM.15 minutes
Show Me the FilterCategory: Meeting Resources
Help staff identify the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions as it can be used in the water filter activity.30 minutes
Bring in Your QuestionsCategory: Meeting Resources
This meeting resource will help you work with your team to determine purposeful questions.15 minutes
Virtual - Reflecting on My PracticeCategory: Coaching Resources
One-on-One virtual resource to help participants reflect on purposeful questions.15 minutes
Identifying One ThingCategory: Coaching Resources
Purpose: Afterschool staff and volunteers will be able to practice and improve their ability to ask questions that can lead to increasing youth le30 minutes