DIGITAL YOUTH DIVAS CARING ADULT NETWORK
Welcome parents and caring adults in the lives of young STEM learners! Through our Caring Adult Network Workshops, we invite you to join your girls in engaging Digital Youth Divas content and practices. This is both a way to connect families and communities to the learning environments in which their children are immersed and a way to recognize and leverage existing networks, histories, cultures, and expertise found in your unique communities.
On this page, we offer workshop content and activities for those caring adults who can not attend the in-person workshops. While this was designed for DYD parents, we believe it is relevant to all caring adults interested in supporting youth STEM learning. Watch the videos to see more!
Unit 1. Digital Youth Divas Program Background
Learn about the DYD program in this unit, including why it was started, the different program components, and learning outcomes.
“This [program] was a terrific opportunity to introduce my daughter (and myself) to things where there was little knowledge.”
Unit 2. Caring Adult Network Introduction
This unit describes more about why we consider parents to be a critical part of DYD, and the various ways the program is designed to incorporate the networks and knowledge that parents bring to the DYD community.
“It was great meeting other parents I would normally not encounter, and learning from each other. Knowing parents have similar goals to help enrich their kids’ learning is inspiring.”
Unit 3. Parents as Learning Partners
Parents want to support their children in learning, and this support can seem especially difficult for STEM topics. In this unit, we lay out strategies that have been shown to work.
“If it’s not sewn right in your e-cuff project, it’s not gonna work. Like mine, it didn’t work. I had to take out the conductive thread. And then me and my dad, we sewed it back.”
—Khelani, student participant
Unit 4. Brokering Learning Opportunities
One important role adults play in the lives of young people is to broker new learning opportunities, like signing them up for this program. In this unit we share what we know about brokering and ways to think about how to best broker for your child.
“I really appreciate how the program focus[ed] on encouraging my child’s interest in computer science and giving her more alternatives than games.”
Unit 5. Collaborating and Making
Join your Divas in the construction of an e-Card! Use conductive tape and your design skills to make an LED-embedded greeting card. This unit also emphasizes learning through creative production.
“I enjoyed making my LED flower card (although the drawing wasn’t that great) and showing it to my daughter…and yes, she gave me a high five.”