After School Activities

Train the Facilitator-Fall 2017


The STEM Challenge Club Train the Facilitator program equips facilitators to offer STEM
out-of-school time (OST) experiences to youth. Facilitators receive professional development,
curriculum for ten, sixty minute connected lessons, pre and post assessments, materials to run
the lessons for up to twenty students, and continued support and coaching through continued
coaching and on-site visits throughout the fall semester. Club curriculum and materials are
geared to Kindergarten-4th grade students, with curriculum aligned to K-4th grade updated 2016
Indiana Academic Science Standards and Indiana Afterschool STEM Specialty Standards.


STEM is fun and everyone can do STEM successfully! Science, technology, engineering
and math have an ever-increasing role in our world, and STEM Challenge Club provides an
opportunity to engage youth early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and
build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines. Club presents children with opportunities to
develop STEM skills and engage in higher-level thinking related to the steps of the scientific
method and engineering design process. The DoS — Dimensions of Success– tool is used to
guarantee quality curriculum and programming. DoS defines twelve indicators of STEM program
quality in out-of-school time and it was developed and studied with funding from the National
Science Foundation (NSF) by the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR),
along with partners at Educational Testing Services (ETS) and Project Liftoff .


Facilitators are STEM champions dedicated to the youth and willing to make a difference.
Where and When? Fall facilitator training September 22, 2017 9am-1:30pm Microsoft Store,
701 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240 . Unique spring and summer trainings will also be

Cost and Registration?

$1000 per facilitator which includes; professional development-$350,
curriculum-$100, supplies-$300, continued coaching and site visit-$250 (breakdown for title
services (1&2A) and other funding channels) Registration opens July 17, 2017 at Limited spots available.


We are pleased to announce that The Microsoft Store is a new corporate sponsor of The STEM Connection!  Thank you to the Microsoft Store for coming alongside us to bring The STEM Connection STEM Challenge Clubs to area schools! The Microsoft Store is located at the Fashion Mall and boasts an array of free STEM educational mini camps and experiences for kids. Check out their offerings today and stop by the store soon!
For more information or to reserve your spot, please email Vera Vander Kooy, Executive Director


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