Informal Learning: Making STEM Come Alive

Thursday, May 25, 2017
9:45 am   -   10:45 am
Room: Nautilus 5
Moderator: Dianna Cowern, Creator, Physics Girl

For many students, activities like science fairs, robotics competitions, hackathons, and math Olympiads are their gateways into STEM and a chance for them to develop the critical-thinking, teamwork, and technical skills that are vital to STEM. Effective out-of-school programs can take many forms, but a number of tried and true techniques have emerged as best practices, including partnerships with industry, mentoring, and building cohorts. This session will zero in on extracurricular programs that are making a difference for students across the country in their STEM learning.