NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation Presents:
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead 2021
Wednesdays | March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2021
Featuring a week-long S.T.E.A.M. focused, virtual workshops for providers working with school-age youth
Who should attend?
- Front Line Staff
- Program Directors
- Youth Workers
- Others interested in trying STEAM activities in their afterschool program or anywhere!
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021
For this series, the flat fee of $20 will cover as many or as few workshops as you would like to attend. However, please note that you will receive the meeting info ONLY for the sessions you sign up for. Please review the virtual attendance and cancellation policy below.
NJSACC offers free and low-cost online professional development workshops that can be done from the comfort of your own home. These trainings are designed to help afterschool professionals complete annual training requirements.
- In order to attend any of our trainings, you must obtain a free NJ Workforce Registry number.
- If you do not have a NJ Workforce Registry Number, you must obtain one in order to attend this training.
Virtual Training Attendance Policy
We at NJSACC look forward to you joining us for training. However, if your schedule no longer permits you to do so, we ask that you please withdraw as soon as possible to open up space for others to register and to avoid being marked as a no show. NJ Workforce Registry policy requires that after one (1) No-Show you receive a warning. After a second occurrence of non-attendance at a training, you will be marked again as a No-Show. NJCCIS will then place a temporary block on your account, blocking you from registering for additional training, until that hold is released. While we understand that situations can occur that are beyond our control, we ask that you do your best to withdraw in a timely manner to avoid being temporarily blocked from future training opportunities.
- There will be a 15 minute grace period for logging into trainings. After 15 minutes, participants will no longer be allowed entry into the training
- Participants must stay for the entire training to receive credit.
- March 3
- 10-11:30am – Mad Science!
Join us for this fun virtual performance to kick off Full STEAM Ahead! Mad Science of Northeast NJ is sure to entertain during this 45 minute session. Just log in and enjoy the show!
See you there!
- March 3
- 12:30-2pm – Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
This session will introduce participants to FUN gender-equitable STEM activities that reach and engage students from the group most underrepresented in science—girls! Participants will experience hands-on inquiry based activities that have been vetted as part of a National Science Foundation gender equity program. Participants will also learn how to access gender equitable STEM resources for their sites. Maryann Stimmer, Stemeductors
- March 10
- 10-11:30am – Virtual Wow Wednesdays
As STEAM activities and learning have gained traction in school and afterschool settings, we have made it a priority to include these activities for our students as early as possible. Virtual Wonder Wednesdays were created to provide a tangible, hands-on activity each week so that our students can fully participate in experiential experiments and learn by trial and error. All activities are student interest driven and reinforce the participant's ability to explain things scientifically and think systematically when doing research, investigating, problem solving and applying learned information. If you would like to follow along and do some of the experiments during the workshop, a list of household materials will be provided in advance of the training! Danielle Fox, Site Director of School Age Programs, Glassboro Child Development Center
- March 10
- 12:30-2pm – A Framework for Equity & Inclusion: Spotlight on Cultural Relevance
Using a framework to develop equitable and inclusive STEM programming for your afterschool program can be extremely beneficial. Presenters will share examples within broad categories for increasing access to STEM learning opportunities and then delve more deeply into specific strategies and tactics that focus on cultural responsiveness. Karen Peterson, Founder and CEO, The National Girls Collaborative Project / Brenda Britsch, Senior Research Scientist, The National Girls Collaborative Project / Marisa Garcia, Senior Program Developer, The National Girls Collaborative Project
- March 17
- 10-11:30am – Get Your Garden On!
Join us for this online workshop and jump start your plans for a fabulous backyard garden. COVID-19 has forced us all to spend more time at home than we would like, but gardening season offers opportunities to be outdoors safely. Growing fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers beautifies your home, afterschool program or summer camp, provides fresh healthy food for your family, and studies show it can even improve physical and mental health.
We will show you how easy it is to get started with tips on the best plants for small container gardens, simple ways to start seeds at home, how to prepare your soil and care for your plants. Meredith Taylor, Research Associate, Office of Urban Extension and Engagement, Center for Agricultural and Food Ecosystems (RU-CAFE), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- March 17
- 12:30-2pm – NBA Math Hoops: Creating the Next Math Champion
During this workshop, educators will be provided with a sneak peak of our new digital program. Participants will learn best practices for implementing the NBA Math Hoops game and curriculum in their program, and will have the opportunity to gain access to the Cavaliers Math Hoops trainings that will occur in the fall. Upon completion of the training, educators will be given free access to the Learn Fresh program management platform and all program materials, and learn about opportunities to extend students’ learning through virtual and in-person community events. Educators will immediately gain access to all materials needed to begin implementing with students in their programs and classrooms. Calvin Sibert, Chief Academic Officer Learn Fresh Education Co / Rebecca Wong, Program Leader, Learn Fresh Education Co
- March 24
- 10-11:30am – 4 Seasons & How to Get Staff and Kids outside Enjoying Them!
Even when current CDC guidelines aren’t recommending groups spend as much time as possible outdoors, getting kids and staff outside is healthy and fun in so many ways. Join us as we explore activities, resources, and tips that will help kids and staff experience the fun and excitement of exploring nature and the outdoors year round, whether you are home based in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. Dagmar Wojcik, Director of Quality Initiatives, NJSACC
- March 24
- 12:30-2pm – Esports in Afterschool
Many schools are taking advantage of esports as a meaningful after school program. This session will provide an overview of esports in education including the academic, social/emotional benefits, and how we can prepare our students for future opportunities in and around the fast growing industry in the world while also creating an esports pipeline that students can follow from middle school through college. Chris Aviles, President, Garden State Esports, Teacher, Fair Haven
- March 31
- 10-11:30am – Water Science with Ms. Willa
This training will take you through the 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP) free inquiry based learning science curriculum. This curriculum will have you exploring and investigating water and water ecosystems. In this training you will learn about the 21st CASP model, perform hands-on activities from the first part of the curriculum, as well as observe and discuss additional activities available to you. The 21st CASP project is a great resource to add to your afterschool program to engage staff and students in the wonders of science! Willa Thayer, Middle School Science Teacher
- March 31
- 12:30-2pm – Totally Vocally
Join us to close out Full STEAM Ahead with Totally Vocally presented by Ball in the House!
Packed with music, entertainment, and education, Ball in the House’s program teaches the history of a cappella singing from chant to doo wop through contemporary and classic cover songs as well as original works. The elements of teamwork and collaboration are highlighted as students learn how various vocal parts create harmony and beats, working in unison to produce a multidimensional piece of music.
To learn more, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259 or via email