STEMzone Fall 2018

One of our primary goals for 2018 was recruiting a wider diversity of booths, and we had great success; roughly a third of participating booths were from outside of the biological sciences. With feedback from previous volunteers, we streamlined our training into two focused workshops in the fall and are happy to report that we were at maximum capacity for booths at our fall event! While our spring event was unfortunately rained out, we were able to create a two-event format that prioritizes booth refinement. We asked the fall booths to reflect on their successes and challenges to reformat for an event on G-Day, and we are excited to try this for STEMzone 2019!

SETMzone facilitated 13 booths, most of which were graduate student organized and staffed. Booths engaged an average 35 visitors during a 5-minute window. Over the 4-hour event, volunteers interacted with over 1,600 participants. Most visitors stayed in the STEMzone for 4-5 minutes, but 33% of visitors monitored stayed for over an hour. Booth volunteers reported positive and engaging interactions with children, adults, and current UGA students. Volunteers shared that parents who approached a booth with their child were surprised to find themselves equally engaged in the activities and many guests stayed at a single booth for well over half an hour. Booth visitors included returning families from STEMzone 2017 mentioned plans to attend the 2019 event as early as possible!

Booths:

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.

Marine Science      Can I Recycle This?      Mathematics  
WiSci   Lab of Archeology   UGA Concussion  
ICON   Mycology   EcoReach  
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory   Project Monarch Health    STEAM  
 

Press Coverage:

STEMzone received lots of great press prior to the November 10th and April 21st
events. Notable stories include:

Support

The event was made possible through the support of the Graduate School, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research, and the Odum School of Ecology. Most of the $2,100 budget was spent on materials and consumables for the booths. However, we also purchased tables which will allow us to hold future events without table rental expenses.

Since STEMzone 2018, we have begun the work to expand our funding to include percentage nights at local establishments, and we are working with the Office for Proposal Enhancement to include STEMzone into grant broader impact sections. We are also in the process of becoming eligible for student activity fee funding.

STEMzone Graduate Student Organizers:

RajReni Kaul
PhD candidate, OSE
STEMzone Founder

Cali Wilson
Social Media
PhD student, OSE

Nikki Solano
Social Media
PhD student, OSE

Claire Teitelbaum
Financial
PhD candidate, OSE

Caitlin Conn
Workshop Development
PhD student, OSE

Amy Briggs
Workshop Development
PhD student, OSE

Robert Richards
Logistics
PhD student, OSE

Carmen Kraus
Logistics
MS, Plant Genetics

Allyson Loy
Workshop Development
PhD candidate, Microbiology

It Was A Great Day!

Booth volunteers eagerly awaiting the start of the event

 Booth volunteers eagerly awaiting the start of the event
 
Collage showing visitor digging for fossils, visitor touching a snake, graduate students practice engaging audiences, and display of famous scientistsCollage showing:
  • A young visitor digging for fossils at the UGA Archaeology booth.
  • Group of young visitors touching a snake at the Herpetology Club booth
  • Graduate students practice engaging audiences through improv exercises during the workshop
  • Interactive display of famous scientist at the WiSci booth