Learn about the importance of out-of-school science learning experiences. The recent federal STEM strategic plan, America’s Strategy for STEM Education, states:
Creative, blended educational opportunities that combine elements from traditionally separate approaches to learning—e.g., formal-plus-informal, career and technical education-plus-college preparatory—and are aligned across the scope of learning partners—result in learners gaining and building their skills in ways that work best.
As implied in this statement, there is a vast amount of evidence for the value of out-of-school science learning experience.
Join Dennis Schatz, NSTA President and longtime expert in out-of-school STEM learning, to explore the evidence for how out-of-school STEM learning is a key factor in developing our youths’ interest in science. Then explore ways that educators have connected in-school and out-of-school experiences to enhance STEM learning.
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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:
- "I enjoyed listening to the answers to the questions and the perspective on how science interest is developed in students throughout their lives."
- "It was a good overview of a broader subject. I made a lot of notes that I'm interested in getting more information on and digging deeper."
- "What I found most interesting were the testimonials of the professors, professionals, etc who explained what sparked the love of science in them."
A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
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