Enabling Active STEM Learning

This month we are focusing on how you can enable active STEM learning – learning where the kids are doing the work and having fun too. Active learning occurs when learners are solving problems or investigating phenomena in meaningful ways. Active learning is at the heart of the Next Generation Science Standards. “The Next Generation of Science Standards promise to help students understand why is it that we have to know science and help them use scientific learning to develop critical thinking skills-which may be applied throughout their lives, no matter the topic.” Joseph S. Krajcik, Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

This month's featured training guide Break it Down will show you how making computer science active and hands-on helps kids learn new skills.


Preparing for the 2019 NYSD Challenge

August 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM CT

Computer Science (CS) can be a game changer for young people when they learn to be creators, not just consumers of technology. The 2019 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers was designed by Google and West Virginia Extension. Game Changers uses online coding, physical activity and puzzles to teach important CS concepts. 
This webinar will prepare you to foster active learning, computational thinking and support youth in taking on the Game Changers challenge.

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Featured Resource

Scientists and engineers work together to solve problems. In this self-directed web lesson you will learn how to emphasize teamwork in STEM experiences. 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.

Preparing for a New School Year


Things To Do in August

Four Back-to-School Tips to Share with Families

Summer Learning Memories  

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Pride in STEM – Creating Inclusive STEM Learning Environments  


Helping Youth Build Connections from Summer to the School Year

Going back to school is a big change for children and their families. It is exciting, but it can also be challenging and stressful. This 2018 webinar shares tips you can use to help families and your program prepare for a great new school year.

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November 6-8, 2019 in Ashland NE

Don't miss this opportunity to develop your leadership skills in out-of-school time, learn best practices for staff development and become part of our professional learning network.

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