Inquiry-based Science with Kids–It's a chemical attraction!
A Youth Work Institute Course
Come jump into the fun of exploring “hands-on, minds on” science with young people! Through inquiry-based learning we can begin building an early and strong foundation of science literacy. Staff, volunteers or youth leaders in non-formal learning settings can successfully build opportunities for inquiry and science learning into their programs if they feel comfortable and confident in their ability to guide learning experiences (even if they didn’t get to experience much science fun when they were in school)! We will engage in science inquiry activities focused on chemistry/physical science with youth in grades 3-6 (though many of the lessons can be adapted to different age groups). We’ll dig deeper into inquiry as we explore chemical reactions, change, and more!
What you’ll have when you walk away:
- Understand key definitions and components of inquiry and inquiry based learning.
- Discover various methods for engaging children in science process skills.
- Learn skills for facilitating inquiry-based learning and methods for building more inquiry into current programming.
- Enhance your competency in teaching others how to create science inquiry experiences for/with youth.
- Discover a wealth of new resources and curricula, which use low cost materials, to engage young people in science!
Who should attend:
The workshop is intended as an introductory workshop for participants who would like to build their understanding of inquiry-based learning, and increase and strengthen their science programming with young people. You don't have to be a "science person" to take part--just have a desire to explore inquiry, experiential learning strategies, and the process skills of science. Target Audience: Program staff, program managers, educators, and volunteers.
To request this course in your area, contact us.