STEM Partner Teacher FAQs

WHAT EXACTLY WILL MY STEM PARTNER DO?

Your STEM Partner will serve as a great learning resource for you and your students during their time in your class! 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

We ask STEM Partners to commit to volunteering in your classroom for 4-6 hours each month. When you first meet your STEM Partner, you should plan to spend at least a half an hour to talk with them about expectations and what visit schedule might work best for you. Some teachers and STEM Partners may then choose to have the Partner visit the classroom for one hour per week. Other may choose to have the partner visit for two hours every other week. You and your STEM Partner can arrange a schedule that works best for both of you.

WHEN WILL MY STEM PARTNER START?

This will depend on when your STEM Partner signs up! The majority of STEM Partners will reach out to you at the beginning of the semester but we do have folks who sign up throughout the course of the school year.

WHAT ARE MY STEM PARTNERS' RESPONSIBILITIES?

STEM Partners responsibilities during their time in your classroom are to:

  • Ensure students understand the lesson

  • Ask students probing questions to encourage deeper understanding of their experiments or problems

  • Reinforce the importance of good documentation

  • Monitor their work to reinforce good efforts and help guide where there are struggles

  • Make connections between the work they are doing and real-life applications in STEM professions

  • Share interesting stories, experiences, and their path to becoming a STEM professional

  • Be a role model by showing that anyone can pursue a STEM career if they think critically and work hard

  • Have fun and enjoy learning with (and from) the students!

STILL LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Click here to download the STEM Partners Teacher Handbook to learn more about the program.