Here's some of the feedback we've received from afterschool educators who have participated in Design It and/or Explore It.

  • I liked the hands-on aspect of the workshops and being able to ask the instructor questions and bounce ideas off of each other and the instructor. 2019-2020
  • Very engaging - very pleased! 2019-2020
  • These workshops were very engaging and fun. Each session was informative and detailed. 2018-2019
  • The hands-on aspect allowed me to understand what the students would experience - excellent facilitators. 2018-2019
  • Trish and Chad have a great enthusiasm for what they do. They show great tips and ideas to help implement all activities at all sites. 2017-2018
  • I like being able to do the activities as the students do in order to be better facilitators. 2017-2018
  • I really enjoy all of the programs. The hosts are great and the content is great too. The children love every program we have used. 2016-2017
  • I love the hands-on! You know exactly what you are teaching because you've done it. 2015-2016
  • Hands-on inquiry based workshops – children build important science process skills, as well as collaboration skills that can be used in their academic/social life. 2015-2016
  • They are hands-on so that we see the process of how to facilitate and how the kids will be going through the Design It process. 2015-2016
  • Great curricula and workshops. Hope to see you next year! Maybe the best ever! 2015-2016
  • I liked how active things were instead of the formal teacher talking and students listening. Allowing us to use trial and error to figure things out on our own. It was playing. Disguised learning. 2015-2016
  • Hands-on, challenging in a good way. 2015-2016
  • Keep 'em coming! Thank you! 2015-2016
  • Creative. Hands-on. Well taught. Relevant to children's amusement and learning. 2014-2015
  • Very engaging and gave me the perspective of the children doing the activity. 2014-2015
  • The workshops were very engaging and informative on how to get the students more involved. It also has rigor and allowed us as educators to think more creatively in helping students become less frustrated when learning the lesson. 2014-2015
  • I love the aspect of designing and exploring with hands-on science – as opposed to old-school rote learning that was completely uninspiring. 2014
  • I loved being able to do the projects instead of just sitting here and listening. It was a lot of fun! The presenters were awesome! 2014
  • This was great – best workshops ever! 2014
  • I'm most pleased with how this program has given our staff a strong foundation and understanding of how to lead weekly STEM activities. They have much more confidence in their ability to facilitate science projects with kids. It has been a great experience for our organization. 2012-2013
  • If you have not taken advantage of these trainings – wait no longer! I have been to several and they are fantastic. They are focused, hands-on, and professionally run. You also leave with all of the materials you need to share these projects with your clubs, afterschool programs, and summer programs. 2009-2012
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