is designed to make it easy for you to go into a classroom and get
young people excited about careers in technology. Kids enjoy the
theme packets that may be taken home and shared with others. Every
student takes home a flyer which serves as a prompt to aid the young
person in describing you, the purpose of your visit, and your demonstrations.
will want to customize your classroom visit with items and observations
based upon your job and work environment. You must decide when and
how to insert this information into the presentation. Expect to
be asked questions such as: how much money you make, how long you
went to school to prepare for your line of work, and what you like
(and dislike) most about your job. Interaction with your audience
can be exhilarating if you come prepared.
objective is to convey a sense of excitement about technology in
a short period of time. To this end, we have designed a typical
classroom presentation with some initial demonstrations that should
quickly capture the students attention. You should then be
able to zoom through three activities that illustrate the overall
theme of Colors in White Light.
giving dozens presentations, members of the Rochester Section of
the OSA have learned quite a few lessons. The following summarizes
a few general observations and suggestions:
Make arrangements with the teacher ahead of time to have an over-
head projector, screen, and table at the front of the room. The
table will ensure that you have room enough to spread out.
have found that the presentation is most successful when given
to the 6th-10th grades. Younger kids are excited by the gifts
you bring, but the message seems to get lost.
the teacher for help in handing out the theme packets and flyers,
and for operating the room lights (more on this later).
takes a minimum of 40 minutes to do the presentation as described
in this guide. With more time, you can slow down the pace, add
more personal information, and entertain more questions. With
less time, you may want to cover only two activities.
the flow of your presentation is important. Read your audience
and move on if their attention seems to be wandering. You have
plenty of material.
by Stephen D. Jacobs, Rebecca L. Coppens and Christine Andrews-Angelo
December 24, 2001
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