Asking Purposeful Questions
In this foundational module, participants examine the structure and process of questioning and discuss how to better listen and follow up with youth throughout STEM learning experiences.
Ready, Set, STEM & Asking Purposeful Questions
This module offers educators who are new to facilitating STEM the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other educators while exploring the principles of STEM learning. This module combines an introduction to STEM facilitation with the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions.
Facilitating Science Practices
Participants are introduced to approaches for supporting youth as they explore science through a series of connected investigations. They examine the role science practices play in helping youth connect and make sense of their developing science ideas.
Facilitating Engineering Practices
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.
Facilitating Mathematics Practices
Participants will build on their practice of asking purposeful questions and explore strategies for making math engaging, accessible, and connected to the world around us.
Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
Participants try out strategies for giving youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input.
Exploring Youth Understanding
Participants first clarify the purpose of formative assessment and then learn several easy-to-implement strategies for monitoring youths’ understanding. They’ll revisit the water filter activity from the Asking Purposeful Questions module to see the strategies in action.
Nurturing STEM Identity and Making Career Connections
Participants experience several easy-to-implement strategies including a photo elicitation activity, learn about how youth form STEM identities, and then learn how to conduct related activities with youth.
Virtualizing Your Programs and Activities
Participants are introduced to a variety of virtual STEM learning strategies. They engage with virtual tools, reflect on how they could be used in their settings, support one another by sharing ideas, and reflect upon the purpose of using virtual strategies in their programs.
ACRES is a project of:
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance