Linking My Experiences to Societal Needs

Watch the activity overview video. This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

  • How does the staff member, Gauri, connect youth to different topics to guide the discussion? (Listen at 0:43, 1:06)
  • What does she do that connects to what youth already know? (Watch at 0:10, 0:55, 1:25)
  • How does Gauri re-state the youth’s responses and how does that link to their experiences in the current activity? (Listen at 1:35, 1:47)
  • How would you lead this discussion differently? What would you do the same?

Now that you’ve watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

  • How did the youth use their prior knowledge to guide the planning and building of their stoves?
  • Why do you think it is important for STEM to be linked to everyday experiences?
  • What are some ways you have connected STEM to the needs of others?
  • What are some examples of ways you could connect to prior knowledge or experiences of the youth you work with?

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