SciTech Days

Middle School and High School Programs

March 4-7, 2014

Carnegie Science Center

For more info:
Geri Baker
School Program Manager
412.237.1552
EMAIL

Samples for the Checklist

"Did You Know?"
Interactive Demonstrations
Career and Education Information
Knowledgeable Personnel
Diversity
Three Multiple Choice Q & A
Logo
Electrical and A/V
Career Handouts
Product Handouts
High School Job Shadowing Opportunities
'Take Aways'


"Did You Know?"

What it is

  1. This is a fact about your organization, product or field.
  2. This should be something surprising, short, and important.

Where it is
We display them online and at the Event as part of your signage. See booth layout (pdf file)

Uses

The "Did You Know's?" at the booths and others posted throughout SciTech are both decorative and educational.

Some samples

  • Alcoa has developed more than 95% of all aluminum alloys flying today.
  • Some human cancer cells are immortal and can be grown in the laboratory virtually forever.
  • Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints.
  • 1st U.S. corporation to apply a business code of ethics. (On the U.S. Steel booth)


Interactive Demonstrations

What it is

  1. An engaging demonstration that is hands-on and ongoing that many high school students and other visitors can try out.

  2. The relationship between this demonstration and your corporation, organization, product or field should be clearly labeled and signage provided.

Where it is

These demonstrations will be at Tech Zone exhibit booths throughout scheduled exhibit hours.

Uses

  1. The demonstration advertises your exhibit.
  2. The demonstration engages the visitor and is the entry to further information at your exhibit.
  3. The demonstration educates the visitor.

Some samples

Sunoco: Plastic Technology in action! Sunoco Chemicals presents hands-on testing of plastics that are used in household, packaging, automotive, and many other products. Come BREAK STUFF! Test your strength against our tough plastic technologies that we develop right here in Pittsburgh. Learn how dispersed particles of ethylene-propylene rubber make polypropylene resist shattering upon impact while allowing it to retain its stiffness. Learn how plastiziers make the same PVC (polyvinychloride) that is used for rigid pipe flexible enough to wear as a rain coat. Learn about the chemical building blocks and processing tools that are used to make plastics. See the advances technology behind the performance of the plastics that you use everyday.

Slippery Rock University: Students can use a cryomicroscope in a demonstration about freeze tolerance in animals. A cryostage and physiological data system will be available for student operation. Friday – students can test water quality and effectiveness of mediation systems and learn about acid mine drainage. A remediation treatment system also will be set up for students' use.




Career and Education Information

This is a list of career pathways within your organization and the education (degrees or classes) necessary to enter these jobs. Please attach the information, including the main functions performed by individuals in these careers. This information will be used to create signage for your exhibit.




Knowledgeable Personnel

What it is

  1. People who know and can articulate their job.
  2. People who know the corporation/organization they represent and know when and where to get additional information.
  3. Presenters who really enjoy engaging folks in conversation.

Where it is
Throughout scheduled exhibit hours at Tech Zone Exhibits.

Uses

  1. Presents you corporation or organization in the best way possible.
  2. Engages and educates the SciTech visitor.
  3. Makes your Tech Zone exhibit a success.

See Presenters' DOs and DON'Ts.




Diversity

What it is

  1. Diversity is a broad range of individuals– including but not limited to variety in race, gender and education– presenting.
  2. Diversity is referenced in displays and signage.

Where it is
Throughout scheduled exhibit hours at Tech Zone Exhibits.

Uses

  1. Presents your corporation or organization in the best way possible.
  2. Engages and educates each unique SciTech visitor. Visitors who 'see themselves' feel welcome and included in your presentation.
  3. Makes your Tech Zone Exhibit a success.

Some samples

  1. Language that includes all persons and is not gender specific. For example, not 'mankind.'
  2. Language that includes reference to both males and females engaged in their careers.
  3. Photographs of your facility representing diverse participants.



Three Multiple Choice Q & A

What it is
These are three brief multiple choice questions that can easily be answered by visiting your interactive exhibit. Please include the answers.

Where it is
We display your questions at your booth.

Uses

  1. The questions are part of the Ready-made Student Assessment: Passport System. SciTech volunteers encourage students visiting your booth to answer the questions (on small forms). The volunteers then check the students' answer sheets and stamp students' passports once correctly completed. Students who complete this for 5 exhibits turn in the back tearsheet of their passport to their teachers before leaving the Science Center. Teachers know what students have accomplished.
  2. Teachers can submit these tearsheets to SciTech for ACT48 eligibility for free continuing education credit (3 hours).

Some samples
Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Baker Corporation
Sunoco Chemicals




Logo

What it is
Please email your logo as a separate file to bakerg@carnegiesciencecenter.org. Preferred formats are EPS, JPEG, GIF or PDF.

Where it is
These will be used for stampers at your Tech Zone Exhibit.

Uses
The stampers will be used for the Middle and High School Programs in the Ready-made Student Assessment: Passport System.




Electrical and A/V Needs

What it is
What you need to plug in. Please list the type and number of devices you will need electricity for. If you have A/V needs they will be met as possible on a first come first served basis (earlier submission is helpful).

Where it is
We will have this available for you at your Tech Zone exhibit.

Uses
Consider TV/VCR (loop tapes), computers, lights, etc.

Some samples

  • Exhibit plug-in needs are: 2 (computer) monitors, 3 keyboards, 1 computer
  • Exhibit plug-in needs are: TV/VCR and computer



Career Handouts - OPTIONAL

What it is
Career Handouts describe your corporation's or organization's variety of careers or a sampling of these careers. If at all possible these handouts should be grouped by educational level (high school, tech school, 2 year college, college grad, masters, PhD).

Where it is
These Career Handouts should be made available at your Tech Zone Exhibit. Either one copy posted for browsing or multiple copies for interested students.

Uses

  1. Learning more about your corporation or organization.
  2. Enables students to visualize a career pathway/goal.



Product Handouts - OPTIONAL

What it is
Product Handouts describe your corporation's or organization's variety of products or a sampling of these products.

Where it is
These Product Handouts should be made available at your Tech Zone Exhibit. Either one copy posted for browsing or multiple copies for interested visitors.

Uses

  1. Learning more about your corporation or organization.
  2. Enables students to visualize a career pathway/goal.



High School Job Shadowing Opportunities & College Internships - OPTIONAL

What it is

  1. Information about your job shadowing program or internships.
  2. You will share the names of interested students with your employees and help the students connect with someone to job-shadow for a morning or afternoon.

Uses

  1. Student signs up right now for a job shadowing opportunity.
  2. Students know that as college students your organization is a place to approach for an internship.

Some samples

  1. Sharing a pamphlet from your corporation or organization describing your job shadowing and/or internship opportunities.
  2. Taking down names of interested students and emailing these to you personnel.
  3. Taking a teacher's contact information and working out something that works for all involved.



'Take Aways' - OPTIONAL

What it is
Small gifts that visitors can 'take away' that are connected in some way to your corporation or organization. These can be handed out to all visitors or earned by completing a small test or task or the Three Multiple Choice Q & A (see above).

Where it is
You will distribute these from your Tech Zone Exhibit.

Uses

  1. Attracts visitors to your exhibit.
  2. Advertises your exhibit during SciTech and after.

Some samples

  • U.S. Steel has given away a steel Slinky upon successful completion of their steel quiz.
  • Several exhibitors give away pens, pencils or markers.
  • A raffle is a way to bring people to your exhibit, and spend less!


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