Science & Math

SCIENCE & MATH ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES

Daily Dose of Science & Learn with the Doc

The Science Zone based in Casper offers a “Daily Dose of Science,” like this video, “Fun with Dry Ice.” The explosive daily dose of science explores sublimation, bubbles, and a rapid increase of pressure! Visit www.youtube.com. They are also hosting Facebook sessions on “Learn with the Doc.” Find the series of events at www.facebook.com.  For more information, contact Executive Director Steven Schnell, steven.schnell@thesciencezone.org. Learn more about the organization at www.thesciencezone.org.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code at Home is a weekly series of resources to keep up your learning at home. For example, check out the “Stay Positive Binary Bracelets.” Through this unplugged activity, girls will be able to create bracelets that share positive and uplifting messages by using binary code! To download the beginner-level activity, click here. If you make your own bracelet, share it on social media with #WyKidsExpress! Girls Who Code commented, “We know that parents, educators, and girls are looking for support and connection during these challenging times. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to school closures and significant disruption to daily life, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.” Visit girlswhocode.com/code-at-home.

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Egg-speriment

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum encourages children to connect through play, by asking questions, working with and learning from others, and trying new things. They are hosting STEAM activities via YouTube and Facebook. If you have extra eggs on hand, check out the JHCM Egg-speriment! Find more activities at www.jhchildrensmuseum.org.

NASA STEM @ Home For Students Grades K-4

WYAA Past Chair Shawna McBride recommends this resource. It features lots of hands-on activities that kids can do on their own or with help from an adult. Click here.

NatGeo BioBlitz

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has teamed up with NatGeo on a number of NatGeo efforts that are perfect for out-of-school time. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Smartphone technologies and apps such as iNaturalist make collecting photographs and biological information about living things easy as part of a BioBlitz. Learn more at www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/bioblitz.

National Big Horn Sheep Center

Education Manager Karen Sullivan has collected a variety of educational options. Many are science-based byt students can also explore Big Horn Sheep through poetry and an obstacle course! Visit bighorn.org/programs/#education.

Science Sleuths

Science Kids based in Sheridan and Cody is hosting virtual scavenger hunts. Get connected with Sarah Mentock, sarah@science-kids.org.  If you’re in Sheridan, Science Kids will happily lend binoculars and/or magnifying lenses to families who are interested. Just email to arrange a socially-distanced exchange. Learn more about the organization at www.science-kids.org

Wyoming Ag in the Classroom

The Family Learning Series was created for families with elementary-age children! Learn about GIS mapping, amazing animals (featured below), and more! Visit wyaitc.org/our-work/family-learning.

Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: 307-721-8300

 

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN WYOMING ARE HIGH-QUALITY, EDUCATION-FOCUSED, SAFE PLACES FOR ALL OF WYOMING’S YOUTH. QUALITY PRACTICES HELP MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

 

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES

(PQPs) are research-based guidelines that provide a common understanding of the essential components of quality practice in afterschool and youth development programs.

The PQPs provide programs, communities and stakeholders with a way to voluntarily examine the quality of programs and to engage in important discussions about program quality. They set the stage for development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services that will best serve Wyoming’s children and youth. Most of all, they send the message that we believe quality is important, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving quality.

Download the PQPs (Updated in March 2022)

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES WEBINAR

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance with assistance from National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST – http://www.niost.org/) produced an informative 20-minute webinar to walk through the PQPs and information about how to put them into practice in your afterschool program!

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Wyoming Program Quality Practice
  • Section 2: Putting the PQPs into Practice
  • Section 3: Connecting Quality

The webinar was produced in partnership with Wyoming afterschool professionals: Tamera Allen – Program Director of Double AAces in Weston County SD #1, Karen Bierhaus – Education Consultant with 21st CCLC at the Wyoming Department of Education, Shannon Christian – Executive Director of the Worland Youth Learning Center, Kei Owen – former Grant Assistant with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition, Tamra Petersen – Program Coordinator with the Uinta County BOES Education Center, and Christine Turner – former Program Director with Lincoln County School District #1.

Watch the PQP Webinar

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES USER GUIDE

This user guide describes how the PQPs fit into WYAA’s quality improvement efforts and offers concrete ways to use the PQPs. All school age, afterschool, and youth development programs in Wyoming can use this guide to improve their programming. This guide may also be a resource for families, community members, funders, and advocates who partner with program providers to improve outcomes for children and youth.

The user guide provides context for the eight domains of the PQPs:

  1. Physical Environment, Curriculum, and Program Activities
  2. Assessment, Planning, and Improvement
  3. Relationships
  4. Child and Youth Engagement
  5. Families and Communities
  6. Safety, Health, and Wellness
  7. Leadership and Administration
  8. Professional Development

Download the User Guide

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES SELF ASSESSMENT

This tool was designed to help afterschool and youth development professionals develop high-quality out-of-school time programs. It may also be a useful checklist for families. This self-assessment is a companion to the PQPs, which are based on research on best practices in programs for afterschool and youth development.

Download the Self Assessment Tool

CORE COMPETENCIES

The National Afterschool Alliance’s Core Knowledge and Competencies enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.

Check out the Core Competencies

THE STATE OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING IN WYOMING: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS AND PERCEPTIONSS

In 2010, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, a C.S. Mott Foundation Statewide Afterschool Network and an initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation, launched a research project to survey the capacity of public and private afterschool systems and to assess their effectiveness across Wyoming.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the Wyoming Afterschool Quality Improvement Three-Year Initiative.

APAS – AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Program assessment is invaluable to creating the highest quality afterschool programs. WYAA, with support from National Institute of Out of School Time (NIOST) implemented the initiative.

Outcomes from APAS include:

  • An upward trend in attitudes, skills and behaviors of youth
  • Peer networking and relationship building between programs
  • A statewide shared vision and understanding of high quality afterschool and OST programming

Learn more.

WYOMING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM REPORT

The Wyoming Career Development System Report identifies six components of a comprehensive career development system and makes recommendations for advancing each component in Wyoming. A cross-sector, continuum approach (one that supports those who serve a broad range of ages) is the most cost-effective way to provide quality programming for children and youth. With this in mind, these recommendations build on current systems and initiatives established in the early childhood field.

Download the Summary document. 

Download the Report.