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Tiffany commented on STEMbook: Connecting Classrooms to STEM professionals

I've gotten a bit out of the loop, but it doesn't seem like much has changed. I'm a little confused about the structure of this... were we supposed to do anything else as a team for the "Ideate" phase? I'm definitely still interested in developing this idea! 

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Tiffany commented on STEMbook: Connecting Classrooms to STEM professionals

Hi! It's great to hear your experiences on this. I agree with your points about post-doc/grad students! That's a good demographic to engage. I also like your idea about offering mentorship/training on outreach - this seems to be a hot topic in science right now - how to communicate one's research/work.
Also motivation-wise, it would be cool if this resource could become known as a boost to one's professional experience - almost like a "certification" but not literally - just something that one could list, for instance, on a CV that they are part of this network. 

I still see the commitment part being tricky... whether it's grad students or professionals... there has to be something that makes it not "just more work". 

And, I definitely think involving students is important!  Some kind of Q&A platform would be great. Still thinking.... 

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Tiffany commented on STEMbook: Connecting Classrooms to STEM professionals

I was just about to enter a very similar idea, and then found yours! A couple of years ago while working in education and outreach at NOAA, I created a "pool" of scientists who were willing and interested in doing outreach to local schools - virtually or in person. Sadly, I moved away before being able to really implement the program and share with teachers, but I think there is a lot of potential for this. For consideration, the main challenges I ran into were: 1) finding scientists who were both willing and ABLE to connect and communicate with students well... there are many people who are so brilliant in their work, but don't really know how to share that in relevant and age-appropriate ways.  2) Management of this "system" - I planned to act as the point of contact, take requests/questions from teachers or students, and then match with the appropriate resource person, because I did not think that our scientists would take it upon themselves, on top of all the work they are already doing, to take requests, figure out how to respond, set up times, etc. 

What are your ideas on how such a cool resource would be managed?  

I'd love to keep chatting about this!