Visitors were from across Georgia, the United States and even the world! Many visitors left a note on how they play with science in the STEMzone.
Many adult participants mentioned doing something STEM related for the first time, ranging from holding Georgia-native reptiles to extracting DNA.
"I'm a seventh grade science teacher, and I was able to extract DNA from a strawberry... I'm going to take it back to my seventh graders." — Lauri Halleck, STEMzone visitor
Participants range in ages, and often participate as families. Volunteers repeatedly overhear grandparents and parents respond to their younger family member’s excitement with sentiments of attending the University of Georgia to study that topic.
"And you can study [deep sea corals] at UGA... at UGA being the important part." — A parent's response to their child's excitement.
Graduate Student Communication Training
Leading up to each event, STEMzone holds training workshops for booth volunteers. The fall 2019 workshops trained roughly 85 graduate students from Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Odum School of Ecology (OSE).
Workshop topics covered science communication focusing on face-to-face interactions and booth design and were led by UGA graduate students or professors.
“The improv workshop was fantastic for really understanding the natural ways to go about science communication.”
-Caitlin Conn, OSE PhD student and booth volunteer