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Promoting Your STEM Programs

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Ideas from workshop participants: Target to audience more specifically (e.g., “Designed for girls aged 7 to 12 – Boys welcome too!”) Code Like a Girl Distinguish our programs from schools – disconnected from curriculum Meetups Market to schools, at shopping centres, in parent publications […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Connecting with Other Library Professionals

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Ideas from workshop participants: Meet with neighboring libraries to share ideas and resources, network Informal ideas sharing between services FB group Google Docs Google Groups Advocacy Shared conference presentations (inter-library) Create universal resources which can be shared across public libraries Special Interest Group on […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Getting Ideas for STEM Activities

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned STEM Activity Clearinghouse http://clearinghouse.starnetlibraries.org Search STAR Net‘s STEM Activity Clearinghouse for vetted hands-on STEM activities for all age levels and related resources. Use search tools to filter activities by content area, age group, time to complete activity, time needed to prep activity, cost associated with […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Facilitation Tips & Tricks

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned I ask open ended questions to encourage exploration of the topic, creative thinking, and discussion. Having two facilitators to run the program – if you can. Works really well in keeping up the enthusiasm and fun. Program runs better. Support adults (parents, carers) to […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Collaborations/Community Partnerships

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Community Dialogue Planning Resources http://www.starnetlibraries.org/resources/community-dialogues Host a “Community Dialogue” to discover more about how community members think and feel about science and technology learning. Libraries have used these types of events to tweak their programs and services and made connections with local organizations. Download […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Youth Voice

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned How can we give youth a voice in what they learn and choices about how they learn it? Here are some ideas! Start the conversation. Talk to youth in your community to build an understanding of their interests and identify possible leaders who could […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Connected Learning

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned How can we help learners connect their learning across personal interests and activities, academics, social relationships, etc. with the work that we do? See the following reports for examples and strategies. Margaret Glass (2015). Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: Case Studies in Collaboration Association […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
Reaching At-risk or Underserved Audiences

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Ideas from workshop participants: Check stats for local area, compare to who is attending programs, target those who are missing. Drop-in programs, no booking A space for STEM helps to include people who don’t otherwise do that. Reaching out to community who don’t speak […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018
How to Evaluate/Collect Feedback and Metrics

<< Return to STEM in Libraries: Resources, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Ideas from workshop participants: Reflection: Providing children with the opportunity to share their thought and learning process. Collect stats and give out feedback forms Survey Monkey Door counter Case studies of individual experiences Survey using national professional association standards Measure confidence Ask self-identified community identity (e.g., […]

Keliann LaConte July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018 evaluation
GO Clouds Top 10 Tips for Observing

The attached PowerPoint file (it’s the very last attachment) includes graphics for the top 10 cloud observing tricks, using the NASA GLOBE Observer Clouds app for citizen science. I’ve also included the individual graphics as separate files – these were created as social media shareables. Add a text message and post on your social accounts […]

Theresa Schwerin April 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 citizen science, clouds

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