STEM Fridays are an opportunity for teachers in Northern Colorado to bring a class (up to 30 students) on a visit to the Colorado State University Fort Collins campus to complete one of the the Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center STEM kits in a state-of-the-art learning studio. STEM Fridays are facilitated by CSU undergraduate students studying to become science teachers and mentored by NSEOC staff and CSU education faculty. The STEM kit content has been developed at CSU in collaboration with various faculty to give students a real scientific research experience. All content is tied to Colorado Science Education Standards and is compatible with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Logistics of STEM Friday Visits
Teachers interested in applying to participate in a STEM Friday, should keep these items in mind:
- Schools are limited to one group of up to 30 students in grades 4th through 12th per school year.
- Masks are required this year and must cover the nose and mouth (neck gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable).
- Field trips are scheduled to take place on Friday mornings beginning some time between 9:00 and 10:00 AM and lasting for up to 120 minutes.
- Check the school calendar BEFORE applying in order to avoid conflicts – the NSEOC cannot reschedule a school once the semester schedule has been set.
- Using funds provided by the Bohemian Foundation and Platte River Power Authority, the NSEOC will cover up to $100 of the cost of a school bus that the teacher arranges. An invoice from the school must be submitted after the trip in order to process the payment.
- Cancellations must be received two weeks prior to a scheduled field trip, as CSU undergraduate students are counting on your visit for their education class requirements.
- Students should bring their Science Notebooks (non-electronic) and writing utensil.
- Teachers may consider adding a tour of campus (contact CSU Admissions at email@example.com) and/or lunch in a CSU dining center (contact Housing & Dining Services at firstname.lastname@example.org) to make it a full college experience.
- Teachers can choose from a range of Topic Options (from biological evolution to material science to engineering design).
- Teachers and other adult chaperones accompanying the group must be engaged in the activity as well – either working through the kit themselves or observing their students as they work.