STEAM Newsletter – Applying Engineering Mindsets through Math and Science
December 21, 2021

STEAM Newsletter

Two girls participating in a robotics experimentDecember is always a special time of year. It is a chance to reflect on all of the successes of the year and explore how we might be able to do more as we head into the new year.

With this in mind, Million Girls Moonshot is highlighting STEM learning with an engineering mindset this December! Utilizing this mindset allows us to explore the unknown while applying skills and knowledge we already have – like math and science. Activating an engineering mindset pulls directly from these skills and allows us to solve real-work and relevant challenges.

Explore these resources on how you can help cultivate an engineering mindset in the classroom:

While we are particularly highlighting engineering mindsets this month, don’t forget about MGM’s other transformative practices:

  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Role Models, Mentors, and Families
  • STEM Transitions and Pathways

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Equity and Inclusion

MGM shares these two resources that coincide with the transformative practice of Equity and Inclusion:

  • Infrastructures to Support Equitable STEM Learning Across Settings — STEM learning is a process that unfolds through dynamic interactions over time and across settings. Learn about design principles to support equitable learning across settings, especially opportunities that occur in out-of-school time.
  • You For Youth // Computer Science for All — Computer Not Required  — This 21CCLC resources covers it all—activities, curricula, fact sheets.  There’s information for practitioners, parents, and families.  The ready-to-use resources for educators have links to everything including a variety of curricula for k-12 students and recommendations for best practice.
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Engineering Mindsets

To cultivate and encourage engineering mindsets in the classroom, MGM shares a multitude of resources:

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STEM Transitions, Handoffs, and Coordination

Explore this resource from MGM’s transformative practice of STEM transitions, handoffs, and coordination:

Designing Learning Pathways: A research-practice partnership focused on parent brokering – Learn about an design-led research project to align youth-centered, interest-driven learning pathways with the needs and interests of a local community-based creative arts and technology organization. This case study provides one example of a design-led learning innovation to deepen interest-driven learning pathways for youth. 

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ACRES January Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
January 19th, February 9th, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th; 3:30-5:00 PM PST

Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (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.

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 designed for educators who have some experience facilitating STEM learning and would like to grow in their practice within a supportive group of other educators.


Parent and Family Resources


Activities for Programs

Incorporate these activities into your program: 

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Mizzen by Mott

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! 

Featured Activities & Playlists

  • Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade
  • Playlist: STEAM Activities for Middle School
  • Helicopter Engineering for 6-8th Grade- Students work in team to engineer an optimal paper helicopter design