Dear STEM Ecosystem Colleagues:
Six STEM experts needed for paid student engagement events in Harlem (10/29) and Washington DC (10/22). See details below. Please share with your contacts. Email Amanda Bibbo with TIES amand…@tiesteach.org with questions.
CIVIC Entertainment Group, through TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, is seeking STEM professionals to participate in upcoming community engagement events in Washington, DC and Harlem, NY. Participants will serve as “Station Masters” at one of three stations (Science, Technology, or Math) to cultivate enthusiasm in STEM and provide real-world professional examples for middle school-aged students and others in attendance. The Station Masters will be responsible for talking to students about the station experience (described below), fostering excitement about STEM, and helping students “connect the dots” between things they are currently passionate about and a potential career path in STEM.
Participants will receive a daily stipend and travel reimbursements courtesy of TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. They will also be walked through the STEM stations and briefed on their responsibilities prior to the start of the event. Six individuals (one per STEM station per location) will be selected.
This opportunity is for the locations, dates and times listed below.
- Saturday, October 22 in Washington DC, 9:30am – 4pm (event begins at 11am)
- Location: Charles Hart Middle School, 601 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032
- Anticipated Attendance: 400 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (ages 12-14) + parents/guardians/siblings
- Saturday, October 29 in Harlem, NY, 9:30am – 4pm (event begins at 11am)
- Location: P.S. 171 Patrick Henry School, 19 103rd St., New York, NY, 10029
- Anticipated Attendance: 300 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (ages 12-14) + parents/guardians/siblings
If you are interested in being a Station Master for this event, please contact Amanda Bibbo at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 7, 2016.
Further information about the event can be found below.
SCIENCE | Virtual Reality Universe
Students will use VR headsets to learn about physical and life sciences through fully immersive virtual reality experiences.
Students will explore the world of science through four separate virtual reality experiences (the actual VR content may be slightly different than those listed below):
- Astronomy: Navigate the stars and planets in outer space
- Zoology: Embark on a safari through the jungle
- Oceanography: Discover wildlife on the ocean floor
- Physiology: Analyze cells that make up the human body
Student Takeaway: This immersive experience will bring all the compelling aspects of science to life and inspire students to pursue occupations that involve topics that are already relevant and appealing to them.
TECHNOLOGY | See Your Future
Students will uncover their STEM career paths and capture their individual images to create a stunning art installation using digital mosaic technology.
Students will use tablets to complete a Myers-Briggs style career quiz and then be photographed in groups according to the STEM field that suits them best. Students will watch as S.M.A.R.T™ (Simultaneous Multi-compare Adaptive Rendering Technology) aggregates their individual images into a digital mosaic in real time.
Student Takeaway: This experience will allow students to realize their potential and uncover appealing STEM occupations while showing them how technology can be used to create works of art.
ENGINEERING | The Great BB-8 Race
Students will take part in an interactive race using tablet-controlled BB-8 droids to discover how robotics engineering brings their favorite Star Wars character to life. Groups of students will compete against one another to get their rotating robot to the finish line.
Student Takeaway: This experience will give students the opportunity to interact with the loveable BB-8 in real life and show them how robotics engineers have mastered gyroscopic propulsion to transform their favorite Star Wars character from an idea to a reality.
MATH | How Do You Stat Up?
Students will embrace their inner mathematician and athletic spirit by using quadratics to create the perfect shooting arc. An arc that is too high or too low may miss the mark. However, calculating the arc correctly will produce the perfect “swoosh.” We will present students with messaging on how math can be used to measure their shooting arc trajectory for the perfect shot.
Student Takeaway: This experience will show students that there is more to basketball than athleticism by demonstrating the math skills utilized by professional players, coaches and commentators to master the sport.
ANGIE KASTNING | Project Coordinator
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