Steam Onward Resources

Youth Participatory Action Research

 

Based in Berkley California Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development in which young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them.

 

YPAR can be useful for any young people wanting to make a difference in their communities.

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A social psychologist and Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, Michelle Fine speaks on social injustice, leading with the question "To whose souls are we accountable?" in the process of innovation. Fine discusses her work in participatory action research and emphasizes that those who experience injustice and those in positions of privilege must both be at the table to truly bring about change.

 

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Project South is a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. They work with communities pushed forward by the struggle– to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation. Project South builds relationships with organizations and networks across the US and global South to inform our local work and to engage in bottom-up movement building for social and economic justice.

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

 

UNNATURAL CAUSES is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.  The series crisscrosses the nation uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.

 

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Informal science education (ISE) is lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that takes place across a multitude of designed settings and experiences outside of the formal classroom.

 

InformalScience.org is a central portal to project, research and evaluation resources designed to support and connect the informal STEM education community in museums, media, public programs and a growing variety of learning environments.  The website is operated by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), an NSF-funded resource center for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program.

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According to a study conducted by Bayer Corporation women and minorities are substantially underrepresented in a number of United States S.T.E.M. fields, including chemistry, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science. The study revealed that women and minorities are missing from the S.T.E.M. workforce today because they were not identified, encouraged, or motivated to pursue S.T.E.M. careers as youth.

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SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECTS

 

The STEM Garden Institute’s mission is to deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum and innovation based learning to students (K-12) through a sustainable platform of hydroponic gardening. The STEM Garden Institute will work with educational institutions and nonprofits to deliver and implement a customized solution that is woven into their community fabric with the goal of improving America's global ranking of STEM graduates.

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The People’s Garden Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities. This work is accomplished through collaboration and volunteerism. It is named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as “The People’s Department.”

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CLEARING is a dynamic and vital resource for teachers and educators that unites a culturally and ecologically diverse region by generating and sharing ideas, resources and best practices that aim to build a green, healthy and sustainable future.

Do you love the idea of eating home-grown salads from April through November? There are  two types of container gardens that will enable you to produce fresh, flavorful greens close to your backdoor without the need to dig in the soil.  The University of Maryland Salad Table™ is essentially a shallow wooden frame with a large surface area and a mesh bottom that allows water to drain. The University of Maryland Salad Box™ is the baby version of the Salad Table™ and works especially well for kids and folks with small spaces.

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THE ARTS: Diverse Expressions of Diversity

 

STEM to STEAM

The STEM to STEAM initiative is supported by teachers, researchers, policy makers, students, and businesspeople.

The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:

  • transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
  • encourage integration of Art + Design in K–20 education
  • influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation

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Photovoice is a participatory action research method that allows participants to document, describe, assess, and begin to change critical aspects of their community. Through the process, participants use photography to create a striking visual record of a community’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to a particular issue, engage in critical discussion of the issue, document that discussion, and plan action steps.

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Microsoft is committed to increasing access to computer science education. Through their global YouthSpark initiative, they partner with nonprofit organizations, schools, governments and other businesses to make more computer science education courses, trainings and resources available, so you can learn the computational thinking and problem-solving skills that will help you today and in your future.

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