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Instilling a growth mindset in West Virginia's youth.


STEMCARE - Turning possibilities into opportunities for West Virginia youth. STEMCARE is a collaboration between Mylan 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.”

Why is growth mindset important?

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.

Watch a video of 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.”

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Why is Mylan involved?

As a global pharmaceutical company whose mission has been focused on creating better health since its founding, Mylan hopes to help provide opportunities for West Virginia’s children to embrace a brighter tomorrow and make a difference in their home state. Mylan tackles problems every day, like access to medicine for 7 billion people around the globe, and believes 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.