STEM outreach can be scary

Wait! What??

Isn’t STEM Outreach this great, feel-good thing that engineers, STEM professionals, technicians, or technologists do?

  • Sending employees in to inspire local students.
  • Bringing experiential learning into the classroom.

What’s so scary about that??

We’ll, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the volunteers…

“I don’t know how to talk to kids these days!”

“What if they hate me?”

“What if the class gets out of control?”

Students are thinking….

“I’m not smart enough.”

“I could never do that.”

“I won’t fit in.”

And we know that teachers are busy! They have a huge amount of required curriculum to cover in a year. How can we expect them to fit in another thing?!?

Any of that ring true?

We get it! STEM outreach can be scary!

But, we should pay close attention and take notice when something feels scary or uncomfortable. Why? Because it’s usually a sign that we are on to something great, learning something new, growing in some way.

Don’t let feeling scared stop you from doing something great!

And, fear not…we have got your back! As part of the Engineer in Residence outreach program, we have online training webinars, resources, and guides to give you all the support you need so that everyone (volunteers, students and teachers) will have an amazing experience.


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