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NEXT ISSUE: APRIL 2024

CLASP STEM

Our CLASP STEM Cohort allows out of school time professionals an excellent place to explore fun, unique STEM practices and opportunities for young people.  The program connects realistic, relevant and hands-on learning and networking opportunities for you as an educator to add to your resources, practices and tools that will help you build opportunities for supporting the young learners in your programs to find the possibilities and skills that come from powerful learning experiences and thoughtful partnerships. 

A new CLASP STEM cohort will begin in 2024.  If you are interested, please register here or contact Khadija Bshara for more information.  Registration closes January 24, 2024.

See what our participants have to say about their CLASP experience.

Monthly Padlets

Our Padlets include all the monthly resources in one accessible link.

2024 – MAR, FEB, JAN  2023 – DECNOV

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OST STEM Experience

The Connecticut Science Center and CT Network for Children and Youth (CTNCY) are thrilled to offer a brand-new series of workshops centered around developing skills, expertise, and programming to assist afterschool providers in creating meaningful, fun STEM experiences and engagement opportunities for students.

Workshop Series – Building Playful Learning Units

*Friday, January 19th from 9:30-12:30 PM at the Connecticut Science Center 
*Friday, March 8th from 9:30-12:30 PM at a TBD location in Fairfield County 
*Friday, April 26th from 9:30-12:30 PM at the Connecticut Science Center 

Mini Conference – Navigating STEM: An Introduction to STEM Engagement in Afterschool Settings

*Friday, February 9th from 10:00-2:00 PM  

Registration for each event closes 3 days prior to event date.  Click here to learn more.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a webinar to #InspireInclusion. 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. 

MAR 8 | 12 – 1 PM

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The Keefe Bruyette Symposium on Math, Science and Nature

MAR 11, 2024 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Registration includes 2 workshops, lunch, and a tour of the School for Young Children.

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Questions begin a path toward 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 a great way to train staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  

Register Here
Code: AC347PQ (Coach Becky T)

Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. Completion of the Asking Purposeful Questions module is a prerequisite for this module.

Register here. 

ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length.  You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them.

PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM, choose the date that works best for you, and we’ll reach out to you with the Zoom link. FMI contact acres@mmsa.org
(Note: It isn’t necessary to attend more than one informational session as the content is consistent.)

Projects & Activities

National Women’s History Month

  • Check out the incredible digital classroom resources from the National Women’s History Museum for Women’s History Month, featuring fascinating #STEMresources!
  • Do you ever think about how we actually taste things? Hint: It’s in your brain! In this #BrainAwarenessWeek, join Dr. DilWORTH as she tells us what we need to know about our brain and how we taste.
  • During #BrainAwarenessWeek get some Tips and Tricks to Train Your Brain! Watch as Dr. Brain explains the science behind habits and the brain. Why are some habits so easy to form but others take more time.
  • What do wildlife biologists do? This #WorldWildlife Day, we invite you to celebrate all the world’s wild animals and plants and their contribution to our lives and the planet’s health while learning what biologists do and African Elephant tracking

Monthly Activities

  • Mathematics & Probability Science Activity: Asked to get an estimate for the famed mathematical constant, Pi, you might do what the ancient Greeks did: Divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter.  Or you can estimate Pi by a less conventional method: the random tossing of toothpicks!
  • Cutting Pi: Mathematics & Measurement Science Activity: Cutting string diameters from a string circumference is a physical (kinesthetic) way to divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter.  No matter what circle you use, you’ll be able to cut three complete diameters and have a small piece of string left over. 
  • Build a Bird Nest: Different types of birds lay their eggs in different places. Some build tiny nests in bushes, some build enormous nests in tall trees. Some lay their eggs directly on the ground or on rocky ledges. Those that build nests use many different types of materials. In this project kids try to build their own bird nest using only natural materials that you can find outside. Birds are engineers too!
  • Explore Biodiversity Using a Homemade Bug Vacuum!: Kids use engineering skills to support the role of a wildlife biologist.  Kids create a bubble vacuum to collect and examine the biodiversity of bugs and other small invertebrates (such as spiders, centipedes, and roly-polies) in their neighborhood using a homemade bug vacuum!
  • M&M Survival Challenge: Test how mimicry works by using M&M and Skittles candies as the prey. Hunt for the M&M animals but at the same time avoid the poisonous Skittles animals. Will the camouflaged M&M’s have a better chance of survival?  Learn about animal survival in a fun context. 
  • Past Monthly Activities

transformative practices

ASSETS FROM THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION

Are you trying to inspire others with authentic and relatable images of women in STEM? The IF/THEN® Collection is a digital asset library of women STEM innovators for educational and other noncommercial use.

Search full collections, educator hub, Steminists updates and their featured categories here.

2024 FLIGHT CREW AMBASSADOR
Ann,
Farmington, CT.

Ann is interested in pursuing a career as a robotics software engineer with a focus on machine learning in computer vision.

Ann enjoyed doing similar work on the FIRST Robotics Team where Ann used machine learning to program the robot to identify game pieces on the field.

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Organized by Code.org, the annual Hour of Code campaign is a global movement in 180+ countries that introduces young people to computer science through fun, age-appropriate learning activities. The Moonshot’s partnership with Code.org aims to expand that reach into afterschool. 

Learn more about the Hour of Code, download the Afterschool Guide for Hour of Code to explore activities and tutorials, and encourage programs to register as an official Hour of Code site to globally engage and take advantage of the full Hour of Code experience.

The CT After School Network is proud to be a part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs.

​The Million Girls Moonshot will not only allow girls to envision themselves as future innovators, but it will increase the quality of out-of-school STEM learning opportunities for all young people, particularly underserved and underrepresented youth.

About the Million Girls Moonshot

The Moonshot is designed to spur girls’ interest, understanding, and confidence in STEM and equip them to become problem solvers with an engineering mindset. Led nationally by the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in partnership with the Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Million Girls Moonshot:

  • Leverages afterschool networks in all 50 states to help school-age girls access high-quality STEM education, support, and mentors.
  • Uses an equity and inclusion framework that is youth-centric and culturally responsive to increase gender, and racial and socio-economic diversity in STEM.
  • Provides resources, support, mentorship, and expert guidance to help educators deliver hands-on STEM experiences in afterschool, out-of-school time, and summer learning programs.