Tips for Giving Youth Control
  • 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.