LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
It was exactly 53 years ago astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history when they became the first human beings to set foot on the moon. This month the Million Girls Moonshot commemorates that “giant leap for mankind” as it remains one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We look to the future, to the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will be their “giant leap”? And most importantly, how do partners and program providers support young people on their journey in STEM?
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Million Girls Moonshot in your state, please connect with your statewide afterschool network.
These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador and Spaceflight Engineer, Dana Bolles, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and for conferences presentations.
These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador and Shark Researcher, Jess Cramp, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and for conferences presentations.
Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you!
AUDIENCE: FOR PROGRAM PROVIDERS AND FIELD STAFF
This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for after-school educators. Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities! Online meetings will include learning, working with materials, reflection, and sharing your ideas with others. You will grow your understanding of engineering and increase your confidence and ability to lead engineering sessions with youth
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Throughout the fall, participants work in teams of at least three students, an educator, and volunteer mentor to bring their vision of their future city to life. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues. This strategy enables organizational partners, volunteers, and educators to effectively reach millions of students, parents, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.
Techbridge Girls (TBG) is an award-winning national nonprofit bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to all girls across the U.S. For 20+ years, TBG has reengineered the way STEM education is taught, centering our girls’ brilliance and potential, emphasizing increasing STEM access, belonging, and persistence for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color) youth from systematically marginalized communities. TBG will offer three different curriculum training programs for afterschool staff: 1) Ignite for 3-8th grade youth, 2) Inspire for 4-5th grade girls, and 3) Changemakers for 6-8th grade girls.
Teen Science Café programs are a free, fun way for teens to engage in lively conversations with STEM experts that explore the advances in science and technology that affect their lives. In these events, teens socialize over teen-friendly food and drink and have a lively conversation with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge developments in their fields, all in a relaxed and informal out-of-school setting. Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of Teen Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an Adult Leader, plan and run the café programs. They welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible—diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills. Cafés are typically run about an hour and a half once per month during the school year. Stipends are provided to selected sites to support the implementation of Teen Science Cafes.
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AUDIENCE: FOR NETWORK STEM/MOONSHOT STAFF, PARTNERS AND PROGRAM PROVIDERS
with the National Girls Collaborative Project Team
Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.
PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification.
DOS Program Planning Tool Training
The DoS-PPT is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM
learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each
dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of
DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. During this training, participants will:
Dates and times are:
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DOS Certification Training
The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:
Recertification Training for DOS Observers
Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are:
ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.
June Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice. This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module.
Cohort dates and times are: 3:00 to 5:00PM EST on the following Wednesdays
6/15/2022, 6/29/2022, 4/20/2022; REGISTER HERE
June Cohort: Modeling Engineering Practices
Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth.Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module.
Cohort dates and times are: 1:00 to 3:00 EST on the following Thursdays
6/17/ 2022,7/1/2022, 7/22/2022; REGISTER HERE
July Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
Cohort dates and times are: 10:00 to 12:00 EST on the following Tuesdays
7/26/ 2022, 8/9/2022, 8/23/2022; REGISTER HERE
Additional Professional Development
AUDIENCE: NETWORKS AND PROGRAMS
Webinar Recording: NGCP Archived Webinar: Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships - Family engagement in STEAM can come in many forms — STEAM nights, science fairs, family newsletters, etc. But how can you move into a deeper partnership with families in the service of STEAM learning? In this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners and researchers who are working to deepen engagement with youth and their families to intentionally support equity in and access to STEAM opportunities. You will hear about strategies, examples, and current research, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Mizzen by Mott Moonshot Connection
The Mizzen By Mott app delivers inspiring and engaging activities that spark learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch! You’ll find it in Mizzen here.
Featured Activities & Playlists
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BY: Chris Neitzey 09/20/22
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BY: Chris Neitzey 09/01/22
By Michael Compton, STEM Integrated Marketing Manager at National 4-H Council.
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BY: Guest Blogger 08/15/22
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BY: Chris Neitzey 05/10/22
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BY: Chris Neitzey 03/10/22
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BY: Charlotte Steinecke 03/03/22
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BY: Chris Neitzey 02/03/22
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BY: Leah Silverberg 01/28/22
Audience: For programs and program staff in your state
Share with Network STEM Staff, Key Partners, and Program Leaders in your state interested in becoming Dimensions of Success Certified. More information found here.
Dimensions of Success (DoS) Certification...
BY: Chris Neitzey 01/14/22
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Photo courtesy of Million Girls Moonshot
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BY: Chris Neitzey 11/19/21
By Kate Straus, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.
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BY: Guest Blogger 12/03/21
Teen Science Cafe
The Teen Science Cafe is an opportunity for youth in rural areas to engage in conversations around STEM with each other and with a scientist, engineer, or inventor. Uniquely fitted to afterschool and out-of-school time programs, the goal of the Teen Science Cafe is to garner...
BY: Maria Rizo 09/30/21
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BY: Chris Neitzey 04/30/21
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BY: Chris Neitzey 03/15/21
By Nisha Shanmugam Kokilam, STEM Program Supervisor, CORAL Expanded Learning Program, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. CORAL supports narrowing the opportunity gap in accessing STEM in the underprivileged neighborhoods of San Jose by offering free, innovative and high-quality programs...
BY: Guest Blogger 03/02/21
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BY: Chris Neitzey 02/22/21
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BY: Chris Neitzey 12/17/20
By Gemma Lenowitz, associate program officer for Inspired Minds at the Overdeck Family Foundation. This article was originally published on the Overdeck Family Foundation's website on November 30, 2020. It is reposted here with the author's permission.
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BY: Guest Blogger 12/01/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 02/16/21
By Stephen White, Vice President of External Affairs, Strategic Initiatives, and Business Development and Allie Greiwe, Director of External Affairs at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH. This blog is a continuation of our series of case studies examining how informal STEM...
BY: Guest Blogger 12/10/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 11/05/21