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Getting Started: Driven to Discover for youth programs and nature centers/museum settings

Check out this overview of Driven to Discover for summer and afterschool youth programs.

Flexible format

You can implement the Driven to Discover in a variety of formats. The club meeting structure is adaptable to different meeting lengths and time frames – from a 2 week intensive to a 5-12 week program with weekly or bi-weekly meetings. The instructional materials are designed for at least 25 hours of contact time with youth participants.

Whatever the program format, the Driven to Discover process follows a three-step approach. First, youth learn the science skills related to the citizen science project they will undertake. Then they practice protocols to contribute to a citizen science project. Then, based on their experiences in the first two steps, they conduct a science investigation of their own choosing. All this takes place in the context of a positive team learning environment. Curriculum materials support all these components!


The program is geared for youth age 10-14 and their adult guides in settings such as nature centers, museums, summer and afterschool programs, community education, and club settings (e.g., Scouts, 4-H). The Facilitator’s Guides provide ample background information and teaching tips so anyone with a passion for helping youth do science can be successful.

Benefits to the organization

Driven to Discover can help your organization meet your STEM learning goals! When you implement the Driven to Discover program model...

The Driven to Discover program is easy to implement in your organizational setting. Our program team has coached a variety of organizations to weave this program model into their youth offerings. Let us help you get started

What the organization needs to provide

How UMN Extension can support you

All Driven to Discover curriculum materials are available for free. Download them today and get started on your own! Or let us help prepare adult leaders to work effectively with youth (please contact us for estimated costs):

How to get started

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