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Mentors commit to a regular cadence of meetings (2 to 3 times per month), supporting students through their research project and into their presentation preparation. Options include a BIPOC mentorship focus. Most mentorship meetings can be conducted virtually. Mentors help students envision their STEM futures.
Volunteers meet with students weekly in after school clubs, either virtually or in person. Volunteers support students from mid-Fall through early Spring in their project ideation, research, project execution, and presentation. Most STEM Clubs are in Middle Schools.
Students have questions! Volunteers serve as a sounding board, providing feedback to students who are identifying their project scope or in the midst of their research. This can be a one-hour commitment to either one student or for an entire class. Both virtual and in-person options are available.
Serve as a sounding board for students practicing their presentations in advance of the Fair. Feedback is provided on presentation style and communication skills. This is typically a 2 hour commitment in the late winter/early spring.
Judges review student projects at the Regional and/or State Science Fairs (Middle and High School). They devote approximately 4 hours to review student presentations and assess students on the basis of provided rubrics. Feedback from STEM professionals is invaluable to students presenting their work.