March 14 - 25, 2017

Connecting Today's STEM Professionals with Tomorrow's STEM Leaders

We're looking for STEM professionals to visit K-12 classrooms this spring as part of Atlanta Science Festival's Imagining the Future program. To highlight the impact of this initiative, we spoke with Katie Godfrey, an engineer at The Clorox Company, about her experiences in the program last year. Godfrey was one of 10 Clorox employees to participate, visiting several classrooms ranging from elementary school age to early teens.

An Imagining the Future volunteer shares her journey to STEM career.

The Atlanta Science Festival invites you to register for the Imagining the Future program, taking place during Spring 2017. Imagining the Future pairs scientists or STEM professionals with K-12 classrooms throughout Atlanta, creating a channel of communication to discuss what kind of scientific questions remain to be answered, the exciting science and technology happening within our region, and the STEM career trajectories possible.

Now in its fourth year, Imagining the Future has proven to be a rewarding experience for both visiting professionals and K-12 classrooms. A typical classroom visit entails a short presentation by the STEM professional followed by an interactive session and opportunity for students to ask questions.

We spoke with Katie Godfrey, an engineer at The Clorox Company, about her experiences in the program last year. Godfrey was one of 10 Clorox employees to participate, visiting several classrooms ranging from elementary school age to early teens.

“The feedback I got from the groups was very optimistic and bright. The [middle school] students seemed really focused on how to best prepare themselves for the future.”

Atlanta Science Festival connects Atlanta's youth with role models in STEM careers.

She found the elementary school students to be highly engaged, eager to soak up any and all information. “These kids were awesome,” Godfrey says, “they were really energized about science and the potential for them to keep working/growing in the field as they grew up.”

About the students she interacted with, Godfrey says, “I think in both classroom settings the students were left with a more realistic understanding of what engineers do. I also think they understand the range of what they can do in STEM industries better now. It isn’t just working in white coats in lab!”

Not only has Imagining the Future served as a source of inspiration and practical advice for budding scientists to help translate what they’re learning in school to real life applications, but it’s been a gratifying experience for professionals as well.

“I found that the program re-energized my love of STEM subjects and why I do what I do,” says Godfrey.

We’re looking for more people like Katie to visit classrooms this spring. The Imagining the Future program is accepting applications from both teachers of K-12 students and STEM professionals until December 9, 2016. For more information about how to get involved and what to expect, please view the Frequently Asked Questions about the Imagining the Future program.