Each participating STEM professional will be paired with a K-12 educator to initiate 8 interactions over the course of the upcoming school year. Together, the partners will become Catalysts – enabling reactions that might not otherwise have taken place – to expand STEM opportunities for students and provide real-world support for classrooms. Learn more about program expectations and how to apply below.
The program begins with a pair of virtual Kickoff Lunches (Sept 18 and 25, 12-1pm), at which we will reveal matches, share program expectations, distribute a Program Handbook, and begin planning with your partner. The Handbook will include guidelines for supporting youth via outreach programming, tips on connecting STEM Professionals with students, and a menu of ideas for collaboration throughout the year ranging from career talks to hands-on activities to science fair judging and mentoring to virtual lab tours.
With ongoing support through webinar and newsletter communications, STEM professionals and educators will implement one activity/engagement per month for a total of 10 throughout the school year (at minimum). You are expected to hold a monthly planning meeting with your partner to prepare for these activities, and you are expected to attend a quarterly program webinar to discuss common challenges, and share ideas and best practices. Partners will have access to $200 per school to support partnership activities including reimbursement for field trip travel, coverage for substitute teachers, and activity supplies. The partnerships between STEM professionals and educators will be supported by dedicated Science ATL staff and resources.
All STEM professionals and teachers are required to:
- Attend BOTH Virtual Kickoff Lunches (Sept 18 and 25, 12-1pm)
- Establish monthly planning calls with your partner
- Plan at least one classroom engagement activity each month (can be virtual)
- Submit brief monthly activity reports
- Attend quarterly webinars
COVID-19 and Our Partnerships
We are sensitive to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, including school policies about re-opening and allowing guests into the building, as well as STEM professionals’ comfort-levels with in-person interactions. This program is designed to be a flexible framework for establishing effective partnerships, and we support 100% virtual interactions.
This program is supported by a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Ambassador program, in partnership with local AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador Paula Garcia Todd.
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact Jason Raines via email at [email protected] or call/text at 678-718-8025.