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STEM Curriculum and Learning Resources from Extended Notes

Inspire children to explore the world around them! It doesn’t take much to inspire a world of STEM learners! Using Extended Note’s resources will make it even easier to get inspired! These online resources will help your students learn to demonstrate core science, technology, engineering and math concepts with simple, everyday tools. Students will bring out their inner inventor through learning how to ask questions, create hypotheses, and test and record their findings, all while having fun!

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Dimensions of Success (DoS) Program Planning Tool

This tool, developed by the Program in Education, Afterschool, & Resiliency (PEAR) at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School is designed to assist site-level practitioners design and implement high-quality STEM learning activities on site. The guide assists program staff as they plan the features of the learning environment, activity engagement, STEM knowledge and practices, as well as youth development (including relevance and youth voice) into their programatic activities. 

Access the Dimensions of Success (DoS, site-level) Program Planning Tool

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NASA’s Climate Kids Releases New Educational Game

NASA’s Climate Kids has released a new educational game ‘OFFSET!,’ where kids will learn about greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide as they balance COsources with CO“sinks” in order to balance gas emissions. NASA Climate Kids is an easy-to-use and interactive website which educates students about current environmental issues and the importance of recycling and climate change awareness.

For more information, and to check out the game, click here

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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, 

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Maker Education Initiative

Maker Education Initiative

Paloma Garcia- Lopez and Jerry Valadez present on the Maker Education Initiative. 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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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 increasing 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.

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Engineering Adventures Releases New After School Unit: “Sky’s the Limit”

Check out Engineering Adventures and Engineering is Elementary (EiE)’s newest after school learning unit called “Sky’s the Limit.” This hands-on unit, targeted for grades 3-5, focuses on the field of aeronautical engineering and includes 8 lessons that are 45-minutes each. The free program also includes an educator guide, engineering journal, and online resources that support both the educators as well as the students. Download the unit for free to provide students with an interactive lesson on engineering.

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Curriculum and Professional Development for OST Science Education

Check out the National Institute of Out-of-School Time’s article “Curriculum and Professional Development for OST Science Education – Lessons Learned from California 4-H” to learn about pedagogical skills and resources necessary to support science literacy for youth. Grounded in literature and research, this article introduces essential professional development models to educators in the field in order to promote the best practices in science education.

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Click 2 SciencePD: Creating Moments that Click!

Click2SciencePD.org is an interactive professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors, and frontline staff/volunteers in expanded learning programs implementing STEM programming. Click2Science has identified 20 Skills to Make STEM Click and created a variety of professional development modules to help improve the quality of STEM learning opportunities. Check out Click2Science’s new professional development skill, Group Management During STEM, to learn about maintaining a positive and engaging environment for learning during STEM activities!

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FUSE: Next Generation Brief Provides Strategies for Integrating NGSS

TASC, Every Hour Counts, and ORGE Innovation Consulting has released an informational brief FUSE: Next Generation that offers educators promising practices for integrating NGSS curriculum through real-world interactive science experiences. STEM educators will learn how to support social and emotional learning in children in order to improve academic outcomes. The brief, which outlines a new instructional approach to science learning aims to make the alignment of STEM education and  NGSS principles more cohesive in both formal and informal settings.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Master’s in Data Science provides a comprehensive guide to the growing field of data science. The website features in-depth guides to show how data science is used in various industries, a comprehensive director of data science and related graduate degree programs, and more. The ultimate STEM guide is a resource to increase a child’s interest in STEM-related fields. We have compiled over 236 helpful websites for kids and broken them down by age level and interest. The guide focuses on camps, challenges/contests, government initiatives, and more.

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Tom Torlakson Releases Blueprint to Improve Teaching of STEM in CA

Because high-quality education in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are critical in preparing students for college and future careers, state schools chief Tom Torlakson’s STEM Task Force developed a Blueprint for STEM. This report, titled: Innovate: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education, identifies seven general areas to focus on in STEM education in California

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STELAR Website Launched

The STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) is proud to announce the release of their new website after transitioning from their old ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC). This website, which features monthly content themes and updates on current projects, hosts much of the same content from the old website. Additionally, the STELAR website hosts upcoming events and recent news to keep students and teachers up to date on the latest STEM research topics.