Why should I apply?
As a STEM Docent you will be making a direct contribution to helping students understand the world around them and by helping to increase STEM literacy in NH youth. New Hampshire currently has an insufficiently trained STEM workforce, and as a result it is becoming increasingly difficult for NH businesses to find and hire people with the skills they need (NH Charitable Foundation, 2014). Youth need high-quality learning opportunities to engage in STEM fields in ways that both motivate and inspire them to pursue STEM career options. Furthermore, many everyday decisions are informed by one’s ability to use critical thinking skills and analyze situations using evidence making STEM literacy imperative for all individuals (Feinstein, Allen, and Jenkins, 2013).
Who should apply?
We are looking for individuals who have a passion for working with youth. STEM Docents could be current or former educators, professionals in STEM related industries, 4-H leaders, and/or afterschool educators.
How much commitment is expected?
STEM Docents complete an initial multi-day (2-3 days) training during which they become familiar with curriculum modules, learn positive youth development and inquiry pedagogy. Once the training is complete we request that Docents facilitate at least one 6-hour module in a partner classroom or out-of-school-time program. In order to provide ongoing support and provide a community of practice for Docents, UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) will convene the group at bi-monthly STEM Docent continuing education workshops to serve as a space to ask questions, discuss issues, and share stories about their experiences. These workshops will also be a time for Docents to further their own learning through STEM related presentations and activities. Docents are asked to provide periodic feedback about their experiences to ensure that the STEM Docent Program makes continual improvements.
How do I apply?