STEMCARELearn About Growth Mindset & Five Ways to Inspire Youth
Instilling a growth mindset in West Virginia's youth.
What is STEMCARE?
STEMCARE is a collaboration between Mylan-A Viatris Company and West Virginia University to develop and implement programming to instill a growth mindset in West Virginia’s youths through personal application of problem-solving skills gained from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). No matter the issue at hand, students will grow in their confidence and intellect, ultimately making them more curious, active, resilient and engaged (CARE).
What is growth mindset?
Growth mindset is the understanding that people can improve their abilities and intelligence through dedication, practice and hard work. It refers to growth and development, such as learning from mistakes, not just “trying harder.”
Children’s beliefs about their intelligence directly affect their success. Children with a growth mindset understand that challenges are opportunities to grow and making mistakes is an important part of learning. Because of this, they are much more likely to enjoy learning and reach higher levels of achievement.
The good news is research shows that the brain changes and develops throughout life, a concept called neuroplasticity. We can generate and strengthen connections in the brain when we work hard to solve a problem or learn something new.
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Ohio County 4-H'ers exploring STEMCARE growth-mindset activities.
Parents and teachers can instill a growth mindset in children in several ways ...
- Model a growth mindset. It is important for adults to model a growth mindset and use growth mindset terminology.
- Intelligence is like a muscle; it grows stronger with training. Explain to children that the brain can get stronger and smarter, the more they work it.
- Celebrate mistakes. It turns out that making mistakes, reflecting on the thinking behind the mistakes, trying new strategies, asking for feedback or additional resources and correcting our mistakes is one of the very best ways our brains learn.
- Harness the power of the word “yet.” If a child says, “I can’t figure this out,” reply with “You haven’t figured it out yet. What could you try next?”
- Praise the process (not the person). When we focus our praise on the learning process, children are empowered to keep trying. Try saying, “Great job! You must have worked really hard on that.” or “I like the way you tried different strategies to solve that problem.”
To learn more, visit mindsetworks.com.
West Virginia 4-H is excited to announce our Summer 2021 virtual programming experiences that will launch in June. These virtual 4-H experiences will focus on different topic areas (Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, and STEM). The programs will meet daily for five sessions or meet weekly for four sessions. Do not hesitate to register. We anticipate these programs to fill quickly.
These summer 4-H virtual experiences are open to any youths. Be sure to read each program description to determine which age groups are invited to participate. Each program various in audience age range. Some programs are designed for Cloverbuds (any youths with birthdates between October 1, 2012, and June 30, 2015), while others are geared towards youths who will be 9 years old or older by September 30, 2021.
STEMCARE partnered with Energy Express this past summer to bring numerous STEM-related videos to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. From balloon cars to oobleck, this series offers great STEM activities for the entire family. Be sure to visit the Energy Express on WVPB YouTube channel to catch the latest episodes.
Hey West Virginia families, thank you for participating in the Rube Goldberg “Bar of Soap Video Challenge!”
The WVU Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Challenge was a huge success. Thank you to all the West Virginia Families that participated! Follow the link above to view the winning machines.
STEMCARE Lessons with Videos
Looking for fun and educational activities for classrooms, camps or kitchen tables? Search no further. Each activity includes instructions, a step-by-step video, and a full lesson with educational standards.
Whether you're just starting high school or that episode is about to end, you're going to hit graduation day with a ton of options in front of you. Curious about which episode you'll play next? There one where you take a job? The one where you go off to trade school or college?
Next Up makes it easy to engage with experts all over West Virginia to ask anything you want to know about life after high school. It's a project designed to help teens like you take an active approach to exploring their future with knowledge, confidence and resiliency. Submit a question or watch experts answer other teen's questions.
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Why is Mylan-A Viatris Company involved?
Mylan and Upjohn combined in 2020 to form Viatris, a new global pharmaceutical company formed that sees healthcare not as it is, but as it should be. Viatris believes it has a unique opportunity to actively play a part in advancing positive change that benefits a large span of stakeholders - not only as it relates to access to high quality medicine but beyond. This includes providing for West Virginia's children to embrace a brighter tomorrow and make a difference in their home state. Colleagues at Viatris tackle problems every day and believe that similar problem-solving skills can help students face challenges in school, at home or in their community.
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This initiative continues to reach a growing number of youths and teachers. Here are some STEMCARE facts that may surprise you.
1,500 Youths Reached Through Energy Express
More than 1,500 youths were educated in engineering design in summer 2020 with "Aisha Makes Work Easier" kits; taught through Energy Express as part of the STEMCARE initiative.
350 Youths Reached Via Virtual Clubs
Over 350 youths were reached in summer 2020 through virtual coding clubs and a virtual environmental club.
503 Youths Reached at Camps
Approximately 500 West Virginia youths have participated in STEMCARE classes at 40 West Virginia 4-H camps; including 337 youths reached through “Sky’s the Limit” programming.
11K+ Youths Reached at the State Fair
More than 11,000 children participated in STEMCARE learning activities at the 95th State Fair of West Virginia held during 10 days in August 2019.
250 Youths Reached in Class During School
More than 250 students have been educated through the “Sky’s the Limit” program in the classroom. This engineering design unit challenges students' problem-solving skills and creativity over the weeklong class.
41 Professionals Trained
20 WVU Extension Agents and 21 WVU STEM Ambassadors have been trained to teach “Sky’s the Limit,” an educational program that focuses on growth mindset and design-based learning.