Giving youth choice doesn't have to involve changes to your programming. Watch as Perin makes a small change to her activity to add youth voice and choice.
In this activity, the facilitators only make some changes to their activity in ordert o support youth. See what they do to shift the activity to be more student-centered.
- A great way to give youth a voice in the learning is to have them create a project based on their interests in STEM.
- Youth are challenged to use a Makey-Makey to design a device that will complete a task.
- How do you help youth continue to work on their project when they get frustrated?
Watch as the frontline staff person provides youth a role in the learning by encouraging youth to explore at their own pace and be creative in their approach to the solution.
Watch as youth, not much older then the participants, successfully facilitate the STEM learning. Youth develop an identity with STEM when they see themselves with a voice in the learning.
- Let youth do as much as they can in selecting a STEM activity, preparing the activity and doing the activity. But mostly in the cleaning up after the activity!
- Allow youth to facilitate a STEM activity. Model how you select, prepare and facilitate STEM.
- Try not to over-supervise or direct. Let youth direct their own learning and exploration.
- During the activity, let youth set goals and make decisions.
- Support and encourage youth’s direction. For example, make affirming statements starting with “I really like how you….”
- Allow youth to share the activity with parents or other children to give them full ownership of the STEM learning.
Professional Development Resources
Reflecting on Project-Based LearningCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module:Afterschool staff and volunteers will reflect on their own practice and identify areas of strength and those needing improvement related to Project-B30 minutes
Project Based Learning: An OverviewCategory: Training ResourcesLearning module: Developing a STEM ProjectAs a result of this training, staff members will be able to identify the eight components of Project-Based Learning, articulate the benefits of using1 hour, 30 minutes
Learning through Group ProjectsCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: Learning Through Group ProjectsEngage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learning.15 minutes
Inspiring Youth in STEMCategory: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: Inspiring Youth in STEMEngage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learning.15 minutes
I Can't Get It To Work!Category: Coaching ResourcesLearning module: I Can't Get It To Work!Engage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for them to direct and manage their own learning.15 minutes
Considerations when Giving Youth ControlCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Opportunities for Youth to Direct and Manage their own LearningGuide staff to employ effective strategies to engage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learn15 minutes
Effective Strategies in Giving Youth ControlCategory: Training ResourcesLearning module: Developing a STEM Project, I Can't Get It To Work!, Opportunities for Youth to Direct and Manage their own Learning
Help staff develop strategies to encourage youth to be active learners and engage others in STEM activities.1 hour, 30 minutes
Giving Youth a RoleCategory: Training ResourcesLearning module: Inspiring Youth in STEM, Learning Through Group Projects, Opportunities for Youth to Direct and Manage their own Learning
Help staff provide youth with a role in determining what is learned and how it is learned.1 hour, 30 minutes
Considerations when Giving Youth Control - Learning Through Group ProjectsCategory: Meeting ResourcesLearning module: Learning Through Group Projects
Work with staff to help them provide youth with a role in STEM learning.15 minutes