- Effective collaboration involves more than putting youth together in groups.
- What if group members become disengaged? Check out the strategies staff use to get youth interacting again.
Collaboration is an effective strategy to increase STEM learning especially when it happens during group work. Watch an experienced frontline staff member lead groups in the re-design process using group collaboration.
Watch as Jason encourages groups to work together on designing, testing and redesigning their boat. Listen as he provides direction and encourages teamwork and cooperation.
- Talk with youth using positive language to create a collaborative learning environment.
- Give youth opportunities to solve problems or answer questions in groups or pairs.
- Encourage youth to talk to each other and model how youth can collaborate together. When working on STEM, it should be noisy!
- Give youth real world examples of collaboration in STEM. For example, how scientists and engineers work together to solve problems.
Professional Development Resources
Helping Youth Work TogetherCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Modeling Effective CollaborationStaff members and volunteers will identify skills youth need to work together in Project-Based Learning activities.30 minutes
Keep Youth InteractingCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: Keep Youth InteractingEngage youth in STEM learning by effectively collaborating and interacting during STEM learning experiences.15 minutes
Group CollaborationCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: Group CollaborationEffectively collaborate and interact during STEM learning experiences.15 minutes
Teaming Up for SuccessCategory: Training ResourcesLearning module: Group Collaboration, Keep Youth Interacting, Modeling Effective Collaboration, Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration
Use this Training guide to help staff be able to effectively facilitate collaborative STEM learning experiences.1 hour, 30 minutes
Working TogetherCategory: Training ResourcesLearning module: Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration
This Training resource will help staff understand that collaboration and interaction are necessary in science and engineering learning experiences1 hour, 30 minutes
Easy as PB&JCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Keep Youth Interacting, Modeling Effective Collaboration, Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration
This Meeting Guide includes a hands-on activity to help staff learn the importance of collaboration and how to encourage collaboration during STEM30 minutes
Watching for Best PracticeCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Group Collaboration, Keep Youth Interacting, Modeling Effective Collaboration, Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration
Use this meeting resource to develop strategies for effective collaboration during STEM activities.30 minutes
Real World CollaborationCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Group Collaboration
This 15 minute, virtual meeting guide provides a great way to observe collaboration.15 minutes
Watching for CollaborationCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: Group Collaboration, Keep Youth Interacting, Modeling Effective Collaboration, Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration
Effective coaching starts with observing frontline staff and working together to develop strategies.30 minutes
Youth work together to build a package that can transport an egg.1 hour
Objective: To design a structure that can withstand the shaking of an earthquake.40 minutes
Teams work together to collaborate on a design for a structure that will float. When additional weight is added, teams go back to the drawing board to see if they can re-design their structure to hold more weight.1 hour