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Click2SciencePD, developed by Nebraska Extension with funding from the Noyce Foundation, provides online STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time trainers and coaches supporting frontline staff or volunteers working directly with youth. The Click2Science blended professional development model uses a variety of ongoing professional development experiences to improve the instructional skills of OST professionals while facilitating STEM learning experiences. Click2Science offers resources including staff development guides webinars, and self-directed web lessons approved for professional development requirements in 42 states.
Description of Opportunity
What is engineering? How do engineers solve problems? How do we help youth learn about and do engineering that is relevant to their lives? In this community of practice, participants will be introduced to the basics of engineering and leading engineering activities with youth. Sessions will be organized around the 10 Practices for an Engineering Mindset, and will include engineering activities, developing engineering activities for youth, and learning specific skills to facilitate engineering activities with youth. Specifically, we will focus on the following mindset practices:
1. Using a systematic problem-solving process,
2. Explore the properties and uses of materials, and
3. Envision multiple solutions.
1. Best suited for program staff: front-line staff, program managers, and staff trainers who have little to no experience with leading engineering activities, or for those who have some experience and want to strengthen their engineering teaching skills.
Networks and participating programs
Maximum of 50 program participants total will be selected to participate
- July 12 – August 13: Recruitment period
- August 30: Participants notified of participation.
- September – December: Participants attend four, 90 minute sessions, complete 30 minutes of pre-work before each session, and complete culminating survey.