So you would like to lead a workshop:
You’ve come to the right place. Here, you will learn what being a workshop leader is all about.
Each year, 300 girls in 7th and 8th grade attend approximately 20 – 22 workshops, in science, technology, engineering, art and math at Flathead Valley Community College. Our volunteer workshop presenters are women who are involved in STEAM careers. Our goal is to encourage these young women to continue to take classes in math and science.
Each presenter will be responsible for 4 50 – minutes hands-on workshops with approximately 15 girls in each session. You are welcome to ask a co-presenter and/or volunteers to work with you. We will provide each presenter with one volunteer (unless you ask for more). We will provide free printing through a local printer.
As a presenter, you will design a workshop centered around a scientific concept or theme in your discipline. It is important that your workshop is designed for 7th and 8th graders so we ask that they be hands-on!!!!
Recommendations on how to design a workshop:
1. Create a list of things that make you super excited to be involved in science, math, technology, or engineering. Experiments, experiences, equipment, questions. Think about what you do all day or would love to do and how you can give the girls a taste of this experience.
2. Narrow this list down to 2 or 3 ideas – Eliminate any workshops that would require too much fore-knowledge or too much explanation on your part. Eliminate any workshop that is not hands-on.
3. Get feedback/input – you are welcome to talk to our coordinators as well as attend our Information meeting with other presenters who have been active in EYH.
4. Once you have picked your workshop, choose 1 – 2 learning objectives. Instead of “Students will learn/understand…use “Students will identify/engage with/design/construct…it is important the students have a hands-on experience.
5. Design activities to help them meet the objective of learning by doing.
What will your workshop look like: (Many great workshops will not follow this format, but will work well if they are student-centered, inquiry based, fun and informative experiences for the girls)
1. Do Now or Engage – this can be a brief introduction to you and what you do or an activity to engage the students.
2. Introduce – a short part where you introduce the goals and activities for the day, give instructions for what to do, and explain the expectations.
3. Activities – this should be the majority of your workshop and where students get to identify/engage with/design/construct, etc.
4. Evaluate – Did they learn it? This is a good place for students to share what they have accomplished. Based on their feedback you can tweek your lesson before the next workshop.