Have you ever heard a participant in your program say, “I am a computational thinker”? Perhaps not, but after this webinar, you may hear it. Computational thinking builds on other problem-solving strategies to help youth prepare for their future. Computational thinking can be a game changer for young people when they learn problem solving skills with computers.
- Learn about the research behind computational thinking
- Develop strategies for creating a computationally rich environment for youth
- Prepare to integrated computer science in afterschool with or without computers
Well-facilitated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them. These are essential skills for success in life and increasingly important in the global economy. Out-of-school time (OST) STEM programs, or STEM learning opportunities that occur outside of the typical school day, can help ensure that young people have these skills. However, many frontline staff and volunteers, who work directly with the youth in these programs, lack the capacity they need to effectively plan and deliver positive STEM learning experiences. Click2SciencePD addresses the need for low-cost, high-quality professional development by providing OST professionals the resources and skills they need to create positive STEM learning experiences with youth.