Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#BackToSTEM Chat Archive

Thank you to members of the science after school community who joined us today on our terrific #BackToSTEM chat!  There were so many excellent ideas, resources and comments that came out of this chat, so we archived it here for easy reference.

Thanks again to our phenomenal cohosts: The National Girls Collaborative Project (@NGCProject), The Afterschool Alliance (@Afterschool4All) and the New York Academy of Sciences (@NYASK12).  Thanks also to our featured Tweeters, the Partnership for Youth Development (@NOLAYouthDev) and the Coalition's Director, Carol Tang (@CarolTang1).

If you missed today's chat, don't worry!  The community is still using #BackToSTEM on Twitter to share ideas, comments and resources.  Go ahead and post your answers to our chat questions:

  • Q1- We're about to start a new school year.  What's your favorite way to get kids excited about science and STEM learning?  
  • Q2- Do you plan to incorporate science into other after school activities?  Which ones and how? 
  • Q3- Why is it important talk to kids about careers in science? How do you start that conversation?
  • Q4- Do you have plans to incorporate a real scientist this year into your activities? How? 
  • Q5- What resources would help you feel better prepared to incorporate STEM into your program?
  • Q6- Thinking about all of the kids in your after school program, what percentage participates in STEM?
  • Q7- What lessons learned from the summer/last year will you use to make sure ALL kids can participate in STEM this year?
  • Q8- What's your favorite STEM moment from this summer that you can take into the new year?

Not on Twitter? Post your #BackToSTEM thoughts on our Facebook page.  This week we're also having a deeper conversation about Project Based Learning on our LinkedIn group page.

We're always looking for new ways to connect with our community.  Have a great idea for the next Twitter chat?  A photo of your favorite STEM moment this summer?  Or maybe you'd like to contribute to this blog as a guest blogger?  Let us know!

Thanks again for a great conversation today!

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