Science Action Groups - Design Challenge

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Presentation by Courtney Rudd, Project Manager, Science Action Clubs, California Academy of Sciences, for GBARISP Power of Discovery Workshop #5

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Science Action Groups - Design Challenge

  1. 1. Design Challenge Learning inOut of School Time:Science Action ClubsCourtney RuddCnrudd@calacademy.orgScience Action Club Project ManagerMay 7, 2013
  2. 2. California Academy of SciencesThe Academy’s approach to learning in out-of-school time• New knowledge, attitudes, skillsand career goals for leaders• Hands-on, inquiry basedexperiences• Club identity• Ladder of leadership• Digital technology
  3. 3. California Academy of SciencesOST Programs at the Academy6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th UndergraduateGrade LevelTASC ForceN=60Science ActionClubsN=400Careers in Science(CiS)N=35StudentScienceFellowsN=10 CiSProgramAssistantsN=4Digital Learning ProgramsN=30Learning Labs with SF Public Library, CAS, KQED, BAVCN=100s-1000sIntensity
  4. 4. California Academy of SciencesScience Action Club ProgramSparking youth interest in science!• Offer OST professionaldevelopment for frontline staff• Youth in grades 6-8th inafterschool programs• STEM curriculum linked tonational citizen scienceprojects• Promote professional networksSparking interest in science!
  5. 5. California Academy of SciencesAfterschool Learning Design Principles
  6. 6. California Academy of SciencesDesign Challenge Learning in Afterschool
  7. 7. California Academy of SciencesActivity
  8. 8. California Academy of SciencesActivity
  9. 9. California Academy of SciencesActivity
  10. 10. California Academy of SciencesStrategies for design challenge learningWays to support youth through the experience• Engage in brainstorming• Set clear expectations• Ask lots of questions!• Encourage wild ideas• Challenge youth• Extra cards• Encourage youth efforts• “Team meeting” strategy• Recognize everyone’s achievement• “Walkabouts”
  11. 11. California Academy of Sciences• Can you see this activityworking at your site?• Which parts of this activityare the most challenging tofacilitate? Why?• How would you or couldyou adapt this activity foryour site?• How can you support youthif they feel overwhelmed orlack ideas?Guiding QuestionsDebrief questions for staff
  12. 12. California Academy of Sciences• What types of birds would live in yourbird city?• Are there more improvements that couldbe made to your bird city?• What materials didn’t you use? Did use?Why?• What was most challenging?• What was most exciting?• Where are there bird habitats in the cityyou live in?• What are some things you could do inyour current city to preserve/provide birdhabitat?Guiding QuestionsDebrief questions for youth
  13. 13. Questions?Courtney RuddCnrudd@calacademy.orgScience Action Club Project Manager

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