Building a successful online program can be challenging, especially when you’re seeking to create a sense of community and develop girls’ STEM identity. The Brite Program worked collaboratively with programs serving girls to tackle those challenges.
Brite 2021 was an online STEM summer camp for girls ages 13-16 held in July 2021. Following a successful Brite Pilot in 2020, Brite 2021 built on lessons learned to provide 11 participating programs from across the nation, and over 100 participating girls, with a summer experience centered around community-building, engaging STEM content, and high-quality, inspiring role model interactions.
Join us as we hear from Brite collaborators including girls, educators, and program staff about successes and challenges from the Brite 2021 experience. The presenters will share strategies and lessons learned that will inspire and encourage others who are seeking creative ways to approach informal online STEM learning and develop girls’ STEM identities.
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Explora: Creative Coding II
Wednesday, October 20 from 4:00 - 6:00pm MT
Want to bring the making mindset to your coding projects? Find out how to use a micro:bit microcontroller to create interactive projects! These workshops provide making experiences for educators and staff at schools, libraries, and out-of-school time programs. Recommended for those working with grades 3-8. Virtual workshops will be held via Zoom.
Creative Coding II: This intermediate level workshop is designed for educators who have taken the Creative Coding Workshop or have some experience with micro:bits. In this workshop participants will go over how to use some of the different sensors on the micro:bit.
These workshops are made possible through generous funding from AFRL-NM and offered at no cost to participants.
Serving Meals on Weekends and Holidays During the 2021-2022 School Year - Thursday, October 21 @ 1:00pm
Serving meals on weekends and holidays provides an important opportunity to reduce hunger while also supporting programs with additional reimbursement. This webinar will provide an overview of available options for serving meals on weekends and holidays during the 21-22 school year, along with best practices for implementation.
Lights On Afterschool: River City Drumbeat - Monday, October 25th @ 4pm Mountain Time
River City Drumbeat, a new documentary about the River City Drum Corp afterschool program, is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies. Edward "Nardie" White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with his wife Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. River City Drumbeat follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.
Join us in conversation with River City Drum Corp as we watch short clips from the film and discuss aspects of the program and its impact. This event kicks off the Afterschool Alliance’s 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s celebration of afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is held each October to shine a light on afterschool programs and the opportunities they provide young people to learn and grow. In a typical year, 8,000+ events draw 1 million Americans. This year, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will take place.
GOOD DOCS is providing complimentary access to River City Drumbeat from Oct 24-28. Go to GOOD DOCS sign up to receive a code to stream the film.
Afterschool Suppers and Snacks: A Look at Participation - Thursday, October 28 @ 1:00pm
The Afterschool Nutrition Programs have played a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join this webinar to learn about current program options and dive into data from FRAC’s soon to be released Afterschool Nutrition Report.
Lights On Afterschool Youth Town Hall - Thursday, October 28th @ 4pm Mountain Time
Join us for the centerpiece event of the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s celebration of afterschool programs. Youth from programs around the country will share reflections on the past year and a half and how their afterschool programs have impacted their lives, perspectives on what youth need to thrive, and hopes for the future. A special segment will be devoted to recognizing the powerful role of afterschool program staff and mentors in shaping the lives of young people.
Lights On Afterschool is held each October to shine a light on afterschool programs and the opportunities they provide young people to learn and grow. In a typical year, 8,000+ events draw 1 million Americans. This year, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will take place.
Hosting ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ events: tips on using free NASA resources - Wednesday, November 3rd @ noon MT
During this webinar, you will learn about several free resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning and hear how facilitators incorporated them into their own Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event. Join the conversation to share best practices, ask questions, and learn how NASA’s Universe of Learning team can best support your efforts in engaging your audience with the science of astrophysics.
NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. Using its direct connection to the science and the experts behind the science, NASA’s Universe of Learning creates and delivers timely and authentic resources and experiences for youth, families, and lifelong learners. The goal is to strengthen science learning and literacy, and to enable inquisitive learners to discover the universe for themselves in innovative, interactive ways that meet today’s 21st century needs.
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Exploration and Awareness of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum - Parts II - Wednesday, November 3rd at 1:00pm
AUDIENCE: FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM STAFF
Over two 75-minute sessions with Jobs for the Future (JFF), you’ll learn how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures (PF) Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons for grades 6-10 have students assume the role of professionals in the engineering field as they learn to prototype, iterate, and innovate. Thinking as young professionals, students are introduced to the design process, develop problem-solving and research skills, and learn to foster an engineering and growth mindset. JFF, a national nonprofit aimed at promoting economic advancement for all, designed the Possible Futures curriculum with a focus on STEM to help rethink how youth start to explore college and career options and to prepare them to make meaningful decisions about their future.
Get ready for interactive sessions that are designed to be a supportive learning community. You will be introduced to the 20-lesson unit and do some deep dives into lessons that use the engineering and design process to solve real-world problems. Participants will walk away with the knowledge and strategies they need to make the PF Engineering and Design unit work for their program.
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Going Deeper: From Curiosity Machine to Technovation Girls Challenge - Thursday, November 4th at 9:00am MT
Calling all educators who are interested in teaching your students how to solve global problems with technology! While Technovation’s global program is tailored for girls, educators around the world are using this curriculum with all their students. Take your exploration of open-ended design challenges with your students to the next level by learning about this multi-week opportunity for students to dive deep into coding or AI and a passion project that could change the world and themselves. This program will prepare students not only to succeed as a STEM learner but as an entrepreneur as well.
Mindfulness and Empathy Through Nature - Friday, November 5th @ 1:00pm
In this interactive webinar, we will explore simple ways to cultivate mindfulness and empathy through connection to nature. We’ll emphasize inexpensive strategies to encourage all young people to find joy and enrichment in the outdoors. Attendees will learn easily adaptable activities rooted in Hawaiian cultural practices designed to connect haumāna (students) with ʻāina (the land) and get them “off the screen”.
Daniel Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, DC
Nick Kālāmakani Francisco, Literacy Resource Teacher at Kamehameha Schools – Kealapono Department, Hawaii
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