Planning High-Quality STEM Programs

I recently read To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High-Quality STEM Resources on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). While the article discusses choosing STEM activities for children, it applies to teens too! I recommend reading the article to learn about when STEM isn’t really STEM and more. If you don’t have time, this is what I found to be most useful:

Questions to help you choose and use high-quality STEM resources (these are direct quotes from the article, with the word ‘teens’ replacing the word ‘children’):

  1. How meaningful is this activity to teens?
  2. What is there for teens to do? (i.e. is it a hands-on activity?)
  3. What is there for teens to figure out?
  4. What is there for teens to think about?
  5. What is there for teens to talk about?
  6. What opportunities are there for teens to collect and record data?
  7. What is there for teens to learn about?
  8. What opportunities are there for teens to share their findings with others? (super important for teens!)
  9. What opportunities are there to integrate language and literacy?
  10. What opportunities are there for teens to collaborate?

 

Peterson, S., Hoisington, C., Ashbrook, P., Dykstra Van Meeteren, R. G., Yoshizawa, S. A., Chilton, S., & Robinson, J. B. (2019, July). To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High-Quality STEM Resources . Young Children, 74(3), Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/jul2019/high-quality-stem-resources