Resource Presentations

Overview

STEM Committee Presentations

Every month, the STEM Committee of the California AfterSchool Network has guest presenters that share resources or promising practices with the committee in an effort to help ensure quality STEM learning opportunities. These presentations are recorded and able to be shared broadly. 

If you are interested in becoming a guest presenter, click here to apply!

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by the California Institute of Technology, is the leading center for robotics exploration of the solar system. With countless resources for out-of-school time, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory works to develop activities and tools to help engage students in science education that aligns with state standards.

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CA Teacher Pathway

CA Teacher Pathway

The California Teacher Pathway (CTP) supports young people with a passion for teaching to become education leaders in their communities. CTP Fellows are supported as they attend community college for their AA degree, and then as they transfer to a California State University for their BA degree and teaching credential. Students are encouraged to work in an afterschool/out-of-school time (OST) program for hands-on experience working with kids.

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Click2Science

Click2Science

Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth. Learn more by watching this short presentation here.

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NASA Space Place

Check out our December resource presentation of the month: NASA Space Place, an interactive website that is geared towards upper elementary students (grades 3-6), offering a wide array of hands-on activities that aim to engage students in science and technology education. With over 2 million visitors a year, NASA Space Place is a great resource for young audiences to develop interests in STEM fields through easy-to-understand activities that align with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Pro Youth Heart

Pro Youth Heart

Check out the November Resource of the Month, Pro-Youth HEART, a non-profit organization that serves after school programs in Tulare County in order to support student achievement and growth. This resource presentation highlights strategies that Pro-Youth employs in order to promote STEM education in expanded learning, the successes of the 2013 Summer STEAM Program, the HEART program, and Pro-Youth’s Growbotics program, which provides robotics and gardening courses.

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Code.org

Code.org

Check out the October Resource of the Month, Code.org, a public nonprofit that aims to increase engagement in computer science education to bridge the gap between growing technology jobs and a lack of students to enter the workforce industry. Code.org is dedicated to increase participation in computer science for women and underrepresented students of color by producing online course curricula that is interactive and hands-on for grades K-5. The program provides a fun way for students to learn about computer science while allowing teachers to track student performance. 

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Strategy Guides
From the Lawrence Hall of Science

Strategy Guides

Check out the September resource of the month, the Learning Design Group of the Lawrence Hall of Science, a curriculum development project for educational science programs to learn about 33 effective strategies on how to incorporate science text into the classroom. The wide portfolio of curriculum includes Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, The New Science Project for K-8, AfterSchool KidzScience, and GEMS Sequences. The Learning Design Group supports the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in curriculum for K-8 kids.

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You for Youth

You for Youth

You for Youth is a website created specifically for out-of school time programs across the nation.  This site was specifically designed to help professionals connect and share resources, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your program practices. This presentation will review all of the STEM specific tools and resources available on: www.y4y.ed.gov

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Maker Education Initiative

Maker Education Initiative

Paloma Garcia- Lopez and Jerry Valadez present on the Maker Education Intiative. This presentation identifies what Making is, the linkages between Making and STEM learning, and how to implement Making at the ground level. They also identify several valuable resources for anyone interested in incorporating Making into their out-of-school time program.

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Autodesk

Autodesk

Matt Pierce, Senior Manager at North American Education Programs, gives an overview of the resources that Autodesk has to offer, including: free software, curricula and training.

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Professional Development for After School Science

Professional Development for After School Science

Charlie Hutchins from the National Partnership for After School Science (NPASS), provides strategies on how to provide effective professional development for after school educators implementing quality STEM learning opportunities in their programs.

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Backyard Mystery

Backyard Mystery

Check out the June Resource Presentation of Backyard Mystery, an interactive cyber game intended to engage middle school students in topics of genetics, genomics, biotechnology, and the bioSTEM workforce. With hands-on activities and lessons, Backyard Mystery is a great free resource for classrooms looking to introduce students to careers in science and technology. 

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Program Quality Assessment (PQA)

Program Quality Assessment (PQA)

Barbara Hillacker and Gina McGovern from the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality provide a brief overview of the STEM Youth Program Quality Assessment.

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KQED

KQED

Jessica Neely, Project Manager for Science Education for KQED,  presented on all of the valuable resources that KQED has to offer to educators.

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Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Kirk Brown from San Joaquin County Office of Education gave a very informative presentation on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The presentation focuses on the three dimensions of the NGSS and specifically how after school can help support these standards. 

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Scientists for Tomorrow

Scientists for Tomorrow

Scientists for Tomorrow is a project working to increase the impact of STEM education in after school programs around the Chicago community. By providing professional development opportunities to frontline staff, program facilitators, and leaders in the after school field, Scientists for Tomorrow works to introduce high-quality STEM learning to after school programs. Check out this video to learn about Scientist for Tomorrow’s learning activities and module events.