STEMzone Fall 2017

The event was well received by the broader UGA community. Booths at STEMzone engaged on average 47 visitors during a five-minute window. Over the 4-1/2 hour event, volunteers interacted with over 2,000 participants.

STEMzone facilitated 11 booths, 10 of which were graduate student organized and staffed. All booths have committed to participating in future events. Every booth used an interactive design to communicate the booth’s theme.

Most visitors stayed in the STEMzone for just over 6 minutes, but some visitors stayed for over 20 minutes.

Booths:

Aquaponics      Bats!      ECOGIG  
Ecology   Genetics   Herpetology Club  
ICON   Marine Science   Oconee Rivers Audobon Society  
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory   State Botanical Garden of Georgia      
 

Press Coverage:

STEMzone received lots of great press prior to and following the November 4th event.
Notable stories include:

"Game Day STEM Event Exposes Football Fans to UGA Research" by Talia Levine, Flagpole, Nov 1, 2017

"New Science Outreach Initiative, STEMzone, to Debut During this Weekend's Football Game" by Victoria Knight, WUGA Radio, Nov 3, 2017

"STEMzone tailgate adds science learning to game day by Olivia Adams," The Red & Black, Nov 5, 2017

"UGA event mixed science with football to entertain, inspire" by Lee Shearer, Online Athens Nov 6, 2017

Support

The STEMzone event was made possible through the support of the UGA Graduate School, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research, and the Odum School of Ecology. The majority of the $2,100 budget was spent on materials and consumables for the booths.

Additional support would allow STEMzone to hold more outreach events per football season as well as recruit technology intensive booths that require electricity.

Given this event’s initial reception, plans are to hold a STEMzone event for two home games during the 2018 football season. A workshop also will be held after the first game that allows for reflection on the booth’s effectiveness and time to strategize on ways to improve the science communication.

Goals are to increase the number of booth volunteers to include students in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering academic units, as well as to cultivate the STEM Dawg image to the broader community.

STEMzone Graduate Student Organizers:

RajReni Kaul
PhD candidate, OSE
STEMzone Founder

Anya Brown
PhD candidate, OSE
Booth Development

Carly Phillips
PhD candidate, OSE
Funding Coordinator

Aubree Hanks-Witaszek
MA student, Grady
Promotions Coordinator

Emily Johnson
MS student, OSE
Accountant

Kelsey Solomon
PhD student, OSE
Booth Development

Rishi Masali
PhD student, Plant Bio
Workshop Coordinator

Robert Richards
PhD student, OSE
Logistics Coordinator

 

 

Reptile

« A young UGA fan touches a snake for the first time.

 

Red LiquidDNA extracted from strawberries.

Butterflies 

« Volunteer and visitor chatting about monoarchs in the butterfly room.

 

 Fun with Science

UGA family driving the demonstration ROV at the ECOGIG booth.