STEM RTP piloted its first Virtual Tutoring Initiative in the months of March, April, and May! This was our first effort in expanding virtual outreach and improving accessibility to our programs.
Educators were given the opportunity to connect with STEM professionals from around the Triangle to engage with their students. We were amazed by the response from the professionals; so many people were ready to lend their time and expertise to students and classrooms.
Sign-up was done via survey and we left the parameters of the engagement up to both the educators and STEM professionals in order to fit everyone’s needs and schedules. Through the surveys, we were able to pair individuals based on interests and fields of expertise. Those STEM professionals that we couldn’t pair this time around, we connected with Durham Public Schools and their STEM initiatives.
Through this pilot, we were able to work with companies such as Cree and UCB and reach 37 students. Volunteers’ experiences varied to meet the needs of educators and their students. We had one STEM professional assist in one-on-one tutoring, another acted as a consultant for a senior class’s engineering-based final project, and yet another lent their time to help an educator create engaging STEM material for the 2020-2021 school year.
One STEM professional had this to say about the experience: “…the experience was wonderful! The students were very receptive to the presentation and asked good questions. Mr. Barry from Athens High School was very prompt with communication and made me feel at ease. I would definitely work with them again!”
A big thank you to all those who participated. We can’t wait to continue bringing STEM to local students and educators through more virtual methods!