NAA 2013 Think FAST
The Future of Afterschool STEM
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NAA 2013 Think FAST
Think FAST:The Future of Afterschool STEMCarol Tang, Ph.D.DirectorCoalition for Science After School
Coalition for Science AfterSchool• To increase quality andquantity of science for all youthin afterschool, summer, andout-of-school settings• To bridge the afterschool,STEM education and scientificcommunities
Imagine a place where…• Free and reduced lunches are provided,snacks are distributed,and physical activity is encouraged onsite.
Imagine a place where…• Individuality, creativity, leadership, criticalthinking, social skills, and ability to learnfrom mistakes are as valuable as booksmarts.
Imagine a place where…• Participants choose their own projects,their projects are relevant to theircommunities,and they work together on teams to solveproblems they care about.
Imagine a place where…• Participants expect to have fun…and if they don’t, they vote with their feet.
BGCA High-Yield ActivitiesGain new knowledge or skills; or reinforce somethingthey’ve learned in school.Experience new ways to apply existing knowledge.Engage in creative expression.Test their own solutions to real-world issues.Work in groups to achieve a goal.
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Science AfterschoolCareer development/Economic justice
(1)The scienceafterschoolmovement willimpactchildren’s lives.
(3)Creativity andinnovationwill become morevalued.
“Make” and Afterschool STEM• Hands-on learning• Project-based learning• Non-academic• Self-directed• Learning from mentors
(4)Brain research willcontinue to validatethe afterschoolapproach andinform our practice.
+Learning that is activeLearning that is collaborativeLearning that is meaningfulLearning that supports masteryLearning that expands horizons
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Resources• AfterschoolScience.org• @SciAfterSchool• @CarolTang1• LinkedIn• Facebook• Slides atwww.Slideshare.net/ScienceAfterSchool/presentations