Developing Skills Needed for Active STEM Learning

Staff Development Guide

Training Situation: Coaching (one-on-one)

Length: 15 minutes

Objective: Participants will reflect on their facilitation to learning to get youth actively engaged in STEM learning.


  • Reflecting on your practice – 5 minutes
  • See the skill in action – 5 minutes
  • Setting goals – 5 minutes



Video-Based Learning Module

Watch the activity overview video. This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

  • What questions did the staff person ask that helped youth think critically in their design?
  • How was this activity both hands-on and minds-on?
  • If you were leading this activity, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?

Now that you’ve watched the video, reflect on what you saw.

  • What strategies do you use to give youth time to reflect upon questioning and process their answer?
  • How could you tell that youth were engaged in the design challenge?

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