Help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators!
Things to Consider
Spark STEM Fest exhibitors engage directly with the public, providing hands-on, interactive STEM-learning opportunities for all ages.
Spark STEM Fest exhibitors are expected to:
- Share what you do and how you use STEM applications as part of your work.
- Engage the public through either an activity or demonstration in an interactive manner.
- Tailor both content and activities for maximum engagement and impact with our audience.
When planning your exhibit, keep the following in mind:
- The exhibit should be designed to promote understanding of topics in STEM.
- All materials and activities must be appropriate for a family audience.
- Think of activities that are engaging with open-ended discovery and provide opportunities for informal conversations between you and the visitor.
- Pick a simple task that teaches people of all ages about a specific topic and allows them to be active participants so they can see themselves as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and doctors!
- Choose a simple activity that 3-5 participants can do at one time.
The activity should last about 5 minutes to ensure that a steady stream of visitors can move in and out throughout the day.
- Expect about 500 visitors to your booth each day – be sure you have enough supplies to last the day.
Things to keep in mind as you design your exhibit face to face interaction:
- This is the public’s chance to meet and interact with STEM professionals. Smiling volunteers with high energy and enthusiasm can be even more effective than any activity.
- 4 - 6 people staffing your activity is ideal and allows for breaks for volunteers.
- Encourage conversations with visitors—ask questions that require visitors to think about or observe something. Let their responses and curiosity drive your interaction.
We offer space for groups and individuals that would like to teach or share their knowledge, passion, and expertise with people that want to learn more in break-out sessions with a classroom environment.
In workshops, the emphasis is on hands-on STEM learning and experiences. Presentations should be suitable for all experience levels explaining even the most complex matter in a clear and engaging way. Each workshop will have a limited enrollment to allow active attendee participation.
SAMPLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Date(s): Friday, February 17 - Monday, February 20
Time(s): 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Duration: 60-90 minutes
Capacity: 15-30 people per class
Individuals representing all STEM fields and levels are welcome to submit proposals. Sessions will be chosen based on their interest to attendees and relevance to current trends and best practices. Please note that this event attracts families with children. Preference will be given to those topics that serve diverse audiences.
Each completed registration will be reviewed for approval. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or regret as soon as possible or by December 31.
We count on each exhibitor’s support to advertise their participation in the event and the activities guests can experience through their social media, blogs, websites, or other communication channels. This will help marketing the event to different audiences in our region.
Need some activity theme ideas?
Here are some ideas for your exhibit themes/activities:
- The Smart Energy Experience
- Feathers, Scales, & Tails Vet Med
- Savings Endangered Species
- Bacteria: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- Explore the Magic of Chemistry
- The Science behind Music
- Weird Science Weirder Art
- Explore the Art and Science of
- Science of Construction
- 3-D printing prosthetics
- The Science of Cycling!
- Power from Potatoes?
- The Chemistry and Microbiology of good food
- What Critters Live in Our Streams
- From Farm to Table: The Science Behind Your Pizza
- Science on the Farm
- Science Education Kitchen
- Sparking Curiosity about Energy
- Experiment with Sports
- The Secret Science of Sports
- Design It, Build It, Test It!
- Grossology: The Science of Icky, Sticky,
- Disgusting Things
- Military Gear- The Science of Safe
- Serious Games
- Games as Cultural Tools in Science
- Video games – can they change our brains?
- Sensors: See How Cars See
- Self-Driving Vehicles and Drones that Fly!
- Materials Science: Designing Materials for a Better World
- Mindcraft! The science of crafting
- Exploring the Developing Brain
- Language Science for Everyone
- DEEP SPACE Robot Maneuvering,