The 2021 program will occur entirely online via virtual platforms (Zoom, Teams, Meet, etc.). Please use the platform that your students are most accustomed to, and test the platform in advance with your STEM professional, to ensure they have access and can use the desired features (screen share, etc.).
Most STEM professionals will have prepared a 30-minute presentation about the questions/problems they are addressing in their work and the challenges facing the future of their field, leaving additional time for Q&A or other interactions. Some will also have a demo or hands-on activity prepared. Please understand that most STEM professionals are not trained educators. They are coming to your classroom not to teach specific content standards, but rather to share their experiences in the STEM workforce and to show how students’ STEM learning in class could be applied in the real world. Our STEM professionals are encouraged to be interactive, bring tools of their trade, show pictures of their workplace, share their career journey, ask questions and allow for student discussion, work with you to better understand students’ prior knowledge and grade-appropriate learning outcomes, do a brief demo of a scientific concept that relates to their job or industry, or to engage the class in an inquiry-based activity where possible. However, not every presentation will include all these elements. You may wish to examine the Speaker Guide provided by ASF (contains tips and sample lesson outline) to better understand what the Festival intends for STEM professionals to do.
With your help and communication prior to the visit, STEM professionals can meet your expectations to the best of their abilities. It is vital that you contact the STEM professional ahead of time to discuss these issues, as well as the logistics of time/date/platform for online delivery/etc.
See Teacher Guide for more information on what to expect from your visit.