Education Committee is developing exciting presentations for young
people that promote careers in technology. The key to our strategy
is the take-home demo, in the form of a theme packet. A basic understanding
of these theme packets makes it possible for almost anyone to go
into his/her child's school or after school youth group and conduct
an interactive and interesting "lesson". At the conclusion
of the presentation, a child takes home several theme packets and
a 1 page color flyer that conveys the basics of the presentation
to parents and siblings.
typical presentation might require 45 minutes. In this time it is
possible to go through 3 demos, complete with theme packets. It
is important to "customize" the presentation with information
about the presenter's background and involvement with technology.
This may take the form of a viewgraph or two about the presenter's
company or "technical hobby". The introduction should
flow into and around the take-home demos.
have worked hard to create theme packets that cost ~$1/ea in materials,
excluding the labor needed to assemble them. The cost of presenting
3 demos w/ theme packets to a class of 25 students is therefore
~$75. Currently we have 6 packets (one not quite ready for release).
One theme we have successfully explored deals with color in white
light, using the rainbow peephole®, the liquid crystal patch,
and the polariscope.
what follows you will find a recent article from COM's Convergence
Newsletter which gives an example of how to do a demo, using a few
viewgraphs, an overhead projector, large sheets of polarizer, and
a large sheet of encapsulated liquid crystal film. You will also
find a set of viewgraphs, some of which you might want to copy,
that give further information on giving an outreach presentation.
Finally, there are extensive details on how to "build"
your own theme packets, including sources for materials and pricing
information. Theme packet labels may be used as is, or modified
to your special needs. You can even print your own 1 page flyer
our objective is to get technical professionals into the classroom.
If you encounter impediments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.