Need free afterschool STEM professional development? Check out Click2Science

Click2Science is designed to address the need for affordable, high-quality STEM professional development for OST program professionals. Built in partnership with the Noyce Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program, Click2Science offers staff development guides and customized professional development to improve the quality of learner outcomes.

Click2Science resources are designed for trainers and coaches to use when providing professional development to staff or volunteers in out-of-school time programs. You can easily download the development guides which include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, video-based learning modules, supporting documents, and handouts. There are a variety of guides for group trainings, staff meetings or one-on-one coaching. Click2Science resources include topics such as making connections to STEM careers for students, managing groups of students, encouraging a collaborative work environment, facilitating inclusive STEM learning experiences, and much more.

We recommend checking out the one-on-one coaching guides for staff that can be done in as little as 15 minutes to help facilitate youth engagement; Click2Science guides include everything needed to conduct the professional development session, including handouts and links to the video-based learning module and hands-on learning activities. The videos feature frontline staff and volunteer from a variety of skill levels and backgrounds in various out-of-school time programs. Click2Science lessons are available in English or Spanish - we recommend that you give them a try if you are an afterschool program looking for a free STEM professional development resource for your staff! Click2Science has a great newsletter to help stay updated on the latest in out-of-school education news, activities, and professional development. They also have tons of great free STEM resources that they promote on their social media channels.

Click2Science also offers two other similar programs: Click2ComputerScience and Click2Engineering. Click2ComputerScience was created to address the need for high-quality afterschool professional development by providing out of school time professionals with the resources and skills needed to implement successful computer science experiences for their youth. Click2Engineering is a resource website dedicated to transforming afterschool engineering education and professional development for educators. All three of these resource websites are driven by evidence-based research that was used to design their programs. We recommend all three of these resources for afterschool professional development!

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