The Tech Discovery Curriculum is designed for 5th-12th grade military connected youth from all branches of service. It is focused on developing life skills and increased resiliency supporting military connected families during times of deployment and reintegration back into normal life. These educational experiences are designed to be delivered in group learning environments utilizing an experiential learning methodology. These experiences are a great support to youth development programs such as OMK; Yellow Ribbon; camps focused on military children, youth and families; Family Readiness Groups; etc. The curriculum includes 35 youth and family educational experiences that focus on building skills in Communication, Teamwork, Self-responsibility, Decision Making and Problem Solving while at the same time supporting enhancement of youth resilience in their emotional, social, family and spiritual (their set of beliefs, principles and values that give them strength) realms.
The Tech Discovery activity plans are only available on-line. Each state and territory has received 1-2 Tech Discovery Tool Kits that are accessible to community and military partners who will be implementing the Tech Discovery curriculum. Tool Kits provide most of the durable goods needed to implement these educational experiences. Priority in scheduling use of the Tech Discovery Tool Kits is to be given to supporting military connected youth with a parent from the Reserve Component / geographically dispersed.
NOTE: Because of the more technical context of these activities, volunteers and staff leading the activities will need a fair amount of planning and preparation time. Please plan accordingly. Additional supplies not found in the Tech Discovery Tool Kits will have to be secured as well.
– Get the information you need to understand how the curriculum is designed and how it supports building the intended goals and objectives for OMK Tech Discovery experiences. You will find a quick summary of each of the activity plans to assist with selecting the most appropriate experience for your audience, inventory checklists for the OMK Tech Discovery Tool Kit, information on inquiry-based learning and a Curriculum Grid identifying Life and Resilience Skill areas, 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Abilities and National Educational Standards.
Roles - Read these documents the first time you utilize the curriculum and as reference for your responsibilities in the future. Descriptions are provided for the various event roles, including a position description for the Lead Volunteer/Staff that will support effective implementation.
On-site Event Resources
– Includes: Collecting important support contacts, Rescue Ideas when things don’t go according to plan and Tips for supporting positive youth behavior.
- Evaluation is important both for reflecting on what you have learned through your experience as well as to improve the learning process for future participants and facilitators. Here are two tools you might use.
OMK Tech Discovery Youth Activity Plans
Re-Integration - Youth
Re-Integration - Youth and Family
The Tech Discovery Curriculum was developed at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development through a partnership of the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community & Family Policy, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family and Community, 4-H National Headquarters under Kansas State University special project number 2010-48713-21882.
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