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01/17/2015 at 6:32 pm in reply to: Development of cross-node initiative for achieving sustainability #3627
Four of our founding nodes will spend out the NSF funding they have been provided the last three years. I would be interested to learn more about how your institutions are adjusting plans, raising money or doing other things to continue the program.
Also, I am very interested in ideas folks have for collaborative fund raising.
The responsibility for the hands on activity ultimately is shared among the adult leader, presenter and teens. The presenter may have an idea, but the teen leaders will be able to help refine it. If the presenter does not have ideas, the adult leader may need to dig into the topic and see if there are any suitable examples in digital libraries for STEM or other places.
Ideally, discussion of a hands on activity is part of the initial contact with the presenter. Like Nicole said, some have ideas, some have no ideas, some have an activity ready to go. The best topics are when the scientist has something they can do with their research. A cyber security expert who develops capture the flag activities for professional competitions, created something simpler for teens. A professional with the office of medical investigations brought skeletons to ID with a victim list. A scientist that studied craters on planets set up an experiment to determine variables that affect the crater size and depth.
Modelers who can allow the audience to change variables in their model to see what happens have been pretty popular.
But so have hands on when a person brings a collection of artifacts – such as minerals, or skulls, or brains, or holographic films.
Some topics are just hard to find a hands on. Some may be best explored in small group discussions or as a debate.
Because this is such an important element, the more we share information about our topics and the learning activity through the Resource section, a forum post or blog post, the more we will all begin to better identify strong and effective hands on activities.
Thanks for sharing the link Lawrence. In reading it, I come away with the sense that it will be hard to reach an unknown teen audience with tools such as SnapChat and Instagram. It seems that the people using it are mostly wanting to be anonymous, except within a very small community of friends.
I am not using either of them, so I cannot say I understand how they work, but how would a teen cafe leader or our network use these two tools to reach teens interested in how STEM impacts their life? I noted that there were hash tags used in both, so do we use a suite of STEM related hashtags to reach teens?
Does anyone know how that might work?01/08/2015 at 8:23 am in reply to: Are after-school cafes as highly valued as evening cafes? #3510
The brand new Sciencia:Blue Hill Teen Science Cafe has chosen 6-8pm as the optimal time to allow for all the after- school sports and other activities on their calendars. The only day the YLT members can all get together is on Sundays.
One of our timing issues has to do with being in rural Maine where it takes some time to get anywhere – especially in the winter. We are also focused on making the cafes an off-campus, non-school event.I will write again when we find out whether this works and whether teens will actually go home and then return to town for an evening cafe when the thermometer registers minus 5 degrees!
We have a sign in table with teen leaders welcoming their peers. I am wondering if the Welcome teens might be able to serve as connectors among the teen participants. If the Welcome folks were the most gregarious and well connected teens, they might be able to serve more as hosts and introducing people to one another and encouraging conversation from the start.
To reach the teen leaders, I have used texting with much success. Sometimes, if the information is lengthy, I will text a short note and ask them to read an email or go to the FB page. Most teen leaders reply quickly, IF they have your phone number in their phone.
To make it a bit easier, I use the Groups App on my iphone. It allows me to enter groups in the phone and then text them. I create the groups in my Contacts on my mac, which get shared with my iPhone and automatically loaded into the Groups text app. The app only allows batches of 10 texts at a time. I include myself on the first group, then retext the message I get to my phone to the rest of the groups of 10 persons as needed.
Is anyone else using other tools for blasting text messages to large groups?