LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Summer has set in across the country and that means the #SummerOfSTEM has officially kicked off. This month’s resources focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners to implement STEM into summer programming. As programs across the country slowly head back to hybrid and in-person programming, this is an opportunity to reintroduce engineering mindset, role models, and reach out to families.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Million Girls Moonshot in your state, please connect with your statewide afterschool network.
AUDIENCE: For partners and programs
Deep Dive into each Engineering Mindset Practice from Christine Cunningham
LISTEN TO RECORDING 1, RECORDING 2, RECORDING 3
How to Lead Engineering Design Challenges from Technovation
USE POWERPOINT SLIDES IN TRAINING, CURIOSITY MACHINE
Skill Development in STEM Programming from National Girls Collaborative Project
LISTEN TO RECORDING, SLIDES IN TRAINING
AUDIENCE: For network leads and STEM/Moonshot staff
Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers
Techbridge Girls Inc.
LISTEN TO RECORDING
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
Incorporating STEM Role Models into Afterschool
National Girls Collaborative Project Team
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AUDIENCE: For networks, partners, and programs
APPLICATION: Share the following resources about transformative practices with your partners. This month World Ocean’s Day and International Women in Engineering Day was leveraged to highlight role models in science and engineering.
Role Model Profile Videos and photos:
The below assets are free profile videos of IF/THEN Ambassadors. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, embedded on websites, during conferences, and so much more.
International Women in Engineering Day
The below assets feature IF/THEN Ambassadors and engineers Ciara Sivels and Ritu Raman. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, during conferences, and so much more.
World Oceans Day
The below assets can be used in your programs as you celebrate:
The below assets can all be used in your programs as you celebrate:
AUDIENCE: For Programs, Youth and Families
APPLICATION: Share the following STEM activities with programs and families for additional STEM learning in your state.
Student Activity: 4 Great Outdoor Activities to Do With Kids This Summer | 4-H These easy activities are designed to be suitable in a COVID conscious environment. Young children play outdoor games, plant a garden, make ice cream, and participate in a scavenger hunt.
Student “STEAM” Activity: Art Infused with STEM Learning Activities Makes for a Colorful Time (kindercare.com) This very simple approach to STEM uses outdoor experiences and art to engage young children in math and science discussions. The activities build on curiosity in young children and are very easy to facilitate.
Student Activity: Design Your Own Snazzy Sneaker Youth use an engineering design process to design a shoe that meets design requirements they specify.
Student Activity: Team Building for STEM Challenges In this team building activity, youth work together to lift an object by by using a set of strings attached to a center ring. Each student grabs a few strings and must work together to raise the item in the center. The task requires concentration and communication and introduces the value of teamwork.
Guide for Educators: Hear Here: A 'Pi in the Sky' Math Challenge | NASA/JPL Edu The "Pi in the Sky" math challenge gives students in grades 10-12 a chance to find solutions to real-world problems all while using math and pi just like NASA scientists and engineers. This structured activity includes hands-on, minds-on extensions.
Posters and Printables For Educators: Free Printable Summer Math Games (123homeschool4me.com) Get a free month of activities, videos, and fun experiences. Appropriate for grades 1-8. Kids “build” a Math Monster who leads them through the activities. The website adapts to the child’s capacity—gently, but constantly increasing the difficulty of the activities.
For Parents: Top 10 Summer Math Activities | Developing Our MathMINDs | Week 8 - Bing video This is a series of discussions with math experts for parents. Good ideas about how to adapt to the current situation, take advantage of informal situations, and move forward during the summer. Ideas and tips like “The Top 10 Ways to Experience Math this Summer.”
AUDIENCE: For Networks and Partners
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.
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Audience: For programs and program staff in your state
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