STEMhero role models -- Training

We need more young people to believe that they too can be STEM heroes. A powerful way to do that is to provide the opportunity for you --- a real STEM role model! --- to interact with them.  STEMhero is already a program used by students across the country, but our hope is that it can have an even greater impact by including STEM role models in two-four key lessons --- without requiring massive trainings or time commitments that make it difficult for undergraduates, professionals and teachers to participate.

You must review the following before to understand how you will assist a local classroom participating in the STEMhero program:

What is STEMhero?

To make STEM more relevant and accessible for all students we need to leverage technology that they already have at their homes and schools. STEMhero is a website and curriculum that empowers students to collect and analyze their electricity, natural gas, and water consumption. Through the program, students create a baseline of their home and/or school's consumption; then, they decide on and measure the impact of efficiency behaviors and technologies. The students' findings of which efficiency practices worked best are shared with family and the community.

 

 

Your three tasks as a STEMHero role model:

Session 1: Share your story

**The goal is to have students hear something in your story that they can relate to in their own life journey's. As adults we too often fall into the business networking introduction of name, rank, specific job assignment... 

Guiding questions: 

  • Who are you? Where are you from?
  • Why is it important to you that you work / study in a STEM related field?
  • Describe the twists and turns of your path, since you were the student's age (including challenges and triumphs), to where you are now as a STEM professional?
  • In what ways do you get to collaborate with others as a STEM professional?
  • Tell a story about how measuring something (collecting data) helps important decisions get made in your work
  • Ask students if they "hear" themselves in anything you said (allow for students to speak) -- this is better than just, "any questions?" 

Recommended format:

  • 5-15 minutes each presentation
  • If there is more than one STEM role model, divide the class up so that they are in small groups hearing from one or two of the role models at a time, then switch.
 

 

Session Two: Assist students to Record Their First meter Reading 

As a STEM Hero, you gather data from instruments all the time. Utility meters are sources of data the all students have in their lives. Reading a utility meter isn't hard once you know how, but it can be intimidating at first --- especially to a middle schooler.

NOTE: Your role is not to know the answer, but simply to work with and encourage students to utilize the STEMhero guides and online tutorial to record their first reading. Here are the resources that the students will have.

Online tutorial

Online tutorial

Step by step instructions on how to take a reading from a utility meter

Step by step instructions on how to take a reading from a utility meter

Worksheet key  **Students might only be recording readings for one or two of the meter types.

Worksheet key  **Students might only be recording readings for one or two of the meter types.

Example Lesson Plan for Day 2 (Thank you Teacher Matt Stadler for sharing!)

Example Lesson Plan for Day 2 (Thank you Teacher Matt Stadler for sharing!)


 

Session Three: Assist students to Compare the Water and Energy systems at their Home and School

10-20 minutes (rotate students in small groups to various locations near opportunities for efficiency)

Students will complete the form

Why? This activity will help students begin to plan a test in which they measure the impact of a behavior or technology change designed to save energy or water.  Encourage them to consider if opportunities for increasing efficiency at school are similar / different than opportunities they might encounter where they live.

Want some ideas for how to save water and energy? Every home and school is different, but we've curated some of our favorites on Pinterest:

 www.pinterest.com/STEMhero/ 

 

Session Four: Student Presentations

1-3 hours 

Provide constructive and encouraging feedback to students on the efficiency experiments that they ran. Topics include: Their experimental model, the quality of the data that they collected, their plan for next steps, how they engaged key stakeholders in their efforts, how they used evidence to support their claims...


 

Thank you! How can we make this better? 

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