Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will understand that collaboration and interaction are necessary in science and engineering learning experiences. They will be able to effectively facilitate collaborative STEM learning experiences.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Portray science as a collaborative effort that involves groups of people working together.
- Design STEM activities for youth to practice cooperation and collaboration.
- Directly teach what collaborative behavior looks and sounds like.
- Engage all learners in STEM activities.
Staff Development Guides
Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These downloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, videos learning modules, supporting documents and handouts. The guides available below are designed to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.
Participants will watch the Inspiring Youth in STEM Video-Based Learning Module and Conduct the Sink and Float activity to learn how roles can support youth to collaboratively build ideas and use materials.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:60 minutes
Participants will compare a fact sheet with videos in Keeping Youth Interacting to see how facilitators encourage youth to collaborate.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:30 minutes
Participants will watch the Modeling Effective Collaboration Video-Based Learning Module and conduct the Okefenokee Engineering Challenge in order to understand how engineers collaborate.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:50 minutes
Participants will watch the Keep Youth Interacting Video-Based Learning Module and create SMART goals to learn how to help youth collaborate.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will discuss the Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration Video-Based Learning Module in order to better support youth to work together.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:15 minutes
Participants will watch the Group Collaboration Learning Module and create SMART goals to learn how to help youth collaborate.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Self-Directed Web Lessons
Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn State Extension Better Kid Care learning management system. To complete a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessons on Better Kid Care. For more information about self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.
Scientists and engineers work together on a regular basis to solve problems and build explanations of the natural world. 21st century workers will be required to collaborate. In this module OST facilitators will learn how to emphasize teamwork in STEM experiences to help youth refine those skills. Practitioners share tips on projects, environment set-up, and group management that encourage cooperative learning. Easy-to-download instructions for several STEM challenges are provided.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEM
Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments. STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events. All webinars are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are designed to support the skill. Encouraging Collaboration. For more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit our Webinar page.
What does it take to be a leader in afterschool? This webinar will focus on developing leadership in our staff, and in youth. We will focus on how cooperation and collaboration are essential in leading STEM activities and in developing a strong team of afterschool professionals.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMDate:March 7, 2018
Looking for new ways to connect with STEM partners? Click2Science has partnered with National Girls Collaborative to share best practices for collaboration. Program collaborations can help foster an interactive environment for youth and teach them a valuable 21st century skill. Learn how partnering and collaborating with programs can model these skills for youth.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMDate:January 17, 2017