Through my experiences on both sides of mentorship – mentee and mentor – I can confidently say that the most valuable element of an effective mentor has more to do with the mentor’s genuine mindset – the core of where they are coming from and their perceived purpose as a mentor. It is that mindset that subsequently shapes the mentors actions, which defines their effectiveness as a mentor.
The morning following Mile High United Way’s National Volunteer Week kit building event, we had the great pleasure of presenting their donated and assembled Science Fair Fun in a Box to the Foothills Elementary staff. As part of the donation, Science Fair Fun will support Foothills every step of the way to lay the foundation for an inclusive and skills-based Science & Engineering Fair.
You can IMPLEMENT Science Fair Fun takes the stress and guesswork out of organizing and implementing an inclusive and skills-based Science & Engineering Fair at your school. Let us create all of the communication pieces and resources for you to be successful!
Maybe you organized your school’s fair last year. Or maybe you helped out last year and you are stepping up to take the reins. You are an innovator and want to make some simple tweaks to improve the whole experience for kiddos and their grownups. Here are some quick tips for you to consider as you embark on your super-hero role in inspiring kiddos to lead authentic Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) projects during your fair.
An example letter you can use to fundraise for your Science & Engineering Fair.
Whew! Our Impact Denver team has been busy this past month reminiscing about our grade school days, while we learn about Science Fair Fun from the organization’s founder, Wendy Wempe. The biggest takeaway is: never doubt what a passionate individual can do to make a difference.
Once you have all of the essential activities planned for your Science & Engineering Fair and have volunteers lined up, then you might consider organizing supplemental activities around your fair. Supplemental activities can include inspiring events, fundraisers, or carrots for student participation.
Creating a budget for your Science & Engineering Fair is not necessary. But if you have a source for funding, then you can add some perks for increasing student and family engagement. You might ask your principal, parent-teacher organization/association, or student council if they have a budget for your fair.
We at Science Fair Fun recognize the potential for Science & Engineering Fairs to be ideal incubators for inspiring and empowering our next generation of innovators when those fairs align with the following principles:
If you want students to participate in your school’s Science & Engineering Fair and for adults to support you during your fair, then you will need signups. Gauge whether online or paper signups will be most effective at your school. Consider that not all families have access to or are receptive to the use of internet tools. We’ve seen schools use online only, paper only, or the combination of the two.