Tips for Reflecting and Processing STEM Experiences
  • Provide opportunities to reflect on learning at the beginning, middle, and end of the activity.
  • Ask purposeful questions about the STEM experience to help youth make real world connections and connections to other experiences.
  • Guide, but do not dominate, discussions to help youth make sense of what is happening in the activity.
  • Include time for individual reflection, such as journaling, thinking on their own and then sharing their thoughts, or developing individual explanations.
  • Include time for group reflection, such as large and small group discussions, charting observations, or developing a group explanation.
  • There are many strategies you can use to get youth to reflect on the STEM activity - have them act out a play, write a song, use art = draw pictures, make a model, etc. - all of them help youth reflect and process.