Built on the idea that learning can be fun, the STEM2D Guide features helpful information on working with young people, which you can read in this section or download. It isn't necessary for you to read the STEM2D Guide word for word; instead, read what you need, when you need it.
Nine interactive activities—developed by FHI 360 and JA Worldwide—accompany the guide. The activities are designed for young women, ages 7–14, to spark enchantment with STEM2D subjects through creative problem-solving and play. Adapt these activities to reflect your personal presentation style, and use your own examples, scenarios, and local terminology to account for cultural or organizational norms, student knowledge, and past experiences. You can also adjust the activities to reflect logistical variables, such as group size and time limitations. Do rely heavily, though, on language and information provided, if you're are not an expert in the specific content or topic.
You'll also find supplemental materials to support the activity. These materials may include a PowerPoint, student handouts, career bios, and activity-specific forms or templates, all of which you can also adapt to your needs.
Each activity is formatted and organized in the following manner:
The activities provided contain specific subject areas and demonstrations. You can customize the demonstration subject areas to meet your professional backgrounds. For example, the design challenge showcases oral health care, but you can choose another topic that aligns with your background, such as skin care, test strips, and monitoring devices. These adjustments won't change the overall intent of the challenge.
The “Tell My Story” Form and Career Bios support and encourage you to develop your STEM2D story and demonstrate your accomplishments in a relevant and personal way. These shared experiences provide an opportunity for you to have an impact on and help establish a positive STEM2D identify in the young people you teach. Introducing young people, especially girls, to female role models who confidently demonstrate their success in STEM2D encourages young people to adopt a growth mindset and further sparks their interest and excitement in STEM2D.
STEM2D Guide activities can be implemented in a wide variety of places or settings: in a school-based or classroom setting; at an out-of-school learning environment, such as a community center or afterschool program; at a community event; or at an alternative venue, such as a library, museum, or local business.
Through the delivery of STEM2D hands-on, minds-on learning activities, young people are more engaged and more willing to try new ideas. Young people remain curious and interested and better understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy.
Keep in mind that no two sites are alike, and no single activity will meet the needs of all young people. With the site representative’s guidance, adapt activities as necessary, while staying focused on the stated student learnings, STEM2D discoveries, and STEM2D skills. You can greatly enrich your time with young people by drawing on your own experiences. Develop examples that are relevant to each activity. The most striking aspect of the experience will be the variation in abilities, maturity levels, and interests.
You will discover that young people have unique social, personal, and academic needs. Approach them with sincerity and respect. Learn their names and encourage their participation. Connect the activities to young people’s current and future needs; personalize everything.
A good session is no accident. It's the result of solid preparation, practice, and delivery. The following tips are provided for you, whether you're a first-time activity leader or a seasoned leader who would like a refresher as you prepare to deliver STEM2D activities. The tips mentioned throughout this section provide practical information to help you present yourself, the exciting STEM2D subject, and the dynamic STEM2D careers.
One student wants to dominate the conversation:
Students are too quiet: