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To begin a STEM Club, first work to answer the following questions in regards to Design Considerations and Attributes.
Download these resources: STEM Club Guide Start Up Form & Starting a STEM Club Presentation

Design Considerations

 

Step
Consideration
Questions
1. Mission
  • What is the core purpose of the STEM Club?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with your STEM Club?
  • How does the purpose of your STEM Club align with school/organization mission?
  • Is your mission statement clear and concise?
2. Institutional Commitment
  • What evidence do you have that your school/organization is in support of your club?
  • Do you have formal documentation of support from your leadership/administration?
  • Do you have a designated space for meetings and activities?
  • What resources will your school/organization provide?
3. Leadership and Facilitation
  • Who will be the designated facilitator for your club?
  • Does this facilitator understand the expectations of this role?
  • What will be the decision-making structure and process?
  • How will leadership responsibilities be shared?
4. Focus and Theme
  • How will you determine a focus/theme for the club?
  • In what ways does your focus/theme align to your mission and to student interests?
  • Will your focus/theme change over time?
  • What is your focus/theme for the club?
5. Activity Plan
  • How will you determine specific activities for your club?
  • Do the activities you select reflect your mission, focus/theme, and student interests?
  • How are the activities student-centered and inquiry-based?
  • How will you acquire and manage materials and supplies?
  • What is the timeline for each activity?
  • How will you determine effectiveness?
6. Engagement Plan
  • What students will your club target?
  • How will you recruit students?
  • How will you ensure that your club appeals to a diverse membership?
  • How will you connect your club to community, parents, and industry?
7. Evaluation Plan
  • In what ways will you solicit student and parent feedback?
  • What measures will you use to indicate the impact of the club?
  • How will you measure the effectiveness of the design elements, including mission, institutional commitment, leadership/facilitation, focus/theme, activity plans, engagement plan, and cost/funding?
  • How will data be shared internally and externally?
8. Cost and Funding
  • What will be the costs related to operating your club?
  • How will these costs be covered?
  • Is your school/organization providing any financial support for your club?
  • How will you solicit additional financial resources, and if so how?
  • How will you approach industry to support your club activities, and if so how?

 

Attributes

 

Step
Consideration
Questions
9. Student Centered
  • How do students influence what they learn and how they learn within the club?
  • How are student needs determined and met?
10. Inquiry-Based
  • How does club engagement stimulate student curiosity?
  • How do students learn to transfer concepts to new problems and solutions?
11. Integrated
  • How are multiple disciplines reflected in the club?
  • How do students apply knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines?
12. Relevant
  • How is the importance of STEM demonstrated in the club?
  • How do students understand the relevance of STEM concepts to their current and future personal and professional lives?
13. Fun
  • What evidence shows that students perceive the club as engaging and fun?
  • How do students influence the club culture?

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