How to Build a STEM Community
The community engagement process can be a daunting task to start.
Student preparation means that you have created a safe learning environment and helped students maintain a growth mindset. This means primarily that you constantly celebrate speech patterns that support a growth mindset. It also means that they have “played” with enough technology to feel that they have the ability to creatively apply it in a variety of situations. Activities in the kits will help with this, but so do icebreakers that involve working together and connecting with others. Make sure to include time to play and try stuff – don’t rush tech skills training. Teach the design thinking process, and guide them along every step of the way. The process is pregnant with opportunities to practice communication and teamwork skills.