Participants will use “What-If” cards in order to help youth engage in engineering design practices like using criteria and constraints, facing a failed test, and redesign.
Participants learn how to engage youth in active STEM learning by providing opportunities to investigate and explore the properties of materials.
Coaching can be an effective way to change practices. Staff coaching involves ongoing teaching, reinforcement of newly learned skills, and adaptations of skills and knowledge of the field to fit practitioner’s personal styles. Staff coaching includes activities for both individuals and small groups, such as on-the-job observation, instruction, modeling, feedback, debriefing, and emotional support. Staff “coaches” may be other frontline staff members, administrators, outside consultants, or staff supervisors.