[kids-lib] Planning Resource: Defining youth outcomes for science programming at your library

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Feb 5 08:46:47 PST 2013

Is your library already adding science and math to storytimes and/or other programming?
Is your library thinking about adding a science and math component to programming, but you haven't implemented anything yet?

Here is a new report<http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/STEM_Outcomes_2013.pdf> was just release on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) all types of programs that take place outside of school time. The report identifies the following common STEM developmental outcomes and indicators of progress which align with the approach libraries many libraries are taking to add STEM to their programming. These may be good objectives to use in your planning and evaluation of STEM programs in your library. If you have less than 5 minutes, just look at page 6 which has a great chart of the outcomes and indicators. If you have 5-10 minutes you should also read the executive summary on page 5.

Here are the recommended outcomes with their indicators of progress, see the chart on page 6 to learn the sub-indicators.

*         Youth develop interest in STEM and STEM learning activities.

o   Active participation in STEM learning opportunities.

o   Curiosity about STEM topics, concepts or practices.

*         Youth develop capacities to productively engage in STEM learning activities.

o   Ability to productively engage in STEM processes of investigation.

o   Ability to exercise STEM relevant life and career skills.

*         Youth come to value the goal of STEM and STEM learning activities.

o   Awareness of STEM professions.

o   Understanding the value of STEM in society.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

If the hyperlink doesn't work, try copying and pasting this URL in your browser: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/STEM_Outcomes_2013.pdf
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