Why STEM is Important to Young People

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2 PM Eastern (1 PM Central)

Out-of-school time (OST) can help young people to see that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is more than an assignment in school. OST STEM activities can help youth understand that what they are learning now is pertinent to their future and the future of the whole world. Introducing children to great STEM experiences starting in the elementary years creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. STEM experiences also prepare kids to be problem solvers and critical thinkers in life. In this webinar, we will explore the why and how of creating engaging STEM experiences.

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Making Connections to STEM Careers in Technology

  • Identify ways youth could engage in STEM in the future.
  • Introduce STEM role models that relate to the real world of the youth including diversity in gender, race, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity.
  • Engage with local partners to connect youth to STEM opportunities and role models in their community.
  • Connect real-world STEM skills to activities they are facilitating.

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Connecting to STEM Careers

Out-of-school time facilitators will learn about the need for today’s children to become equipped to fill jobs requiring science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Youth leaders will learn strategies and view examples of how to get school-age children excited about STEM careers. Learn how to connect with STEM professionals within the community to enhance programming. This lesson is part of the twenty Click2Science skills designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences.

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How Out-of-School Time Programs Help Youth Excel

Learn how implementing an experiential learning model in STEM experiences that focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) helps youth excel. Research has demonstrated that sustained and well-integrated SEL engages youth and improves their achievement. You will leave this webinar with activities you can use to engage youth in SEL through STEM experiences, and resources from Click2SciencePD to train staff and volunteers to develop these two competencies:

  • Facilitating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work

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  • International Games Week – November 4-10
  • National STEM Day – November 8
  • National Day of Design – November 8
  • The International Science Center and Science Museum Day – November 10
  • Project Feeder Watch – November 10
  • Veteran's Day – November 11
  • American Education Week – November 12-16
  • American Recycles Day – November 15
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