ESTEME week is April 11–16, 2005. You can participate
by attending or helping to produce a public event,
or by supporting a hands-on science experience in
your home, school, and community.
Here are some examples of events others have staged:
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Encourage scientists and engineers to visit schools
to give demonstrations or talk about life in the lab.
Ask undergraduate and graduate students to help with
Showcase your facilities by inviting local classes
to tour your labs, meet your scientists and engineers,
and attend your lectures.
Host a Science and Engineering Day on campus.
Stage competitions for local students to invent solutions
to problems in the natural world. Ask your students
and faculty to administer and judge the competition.
Invite a local scientist or engineer—a parent,
university professor, or professional—to demonstrate
science and engineering activities or talk about life
as a scientist or engineer. Ask them about what they
do and how they do it.
Teachers, pose as a host of your own talk show on
the wonders of science. Have each student appear on
your show as a famous scientist (examples include
Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and George Washington
Carver) or engineer (examples include Leonardo Da
Vinci, Alexander Bell, Thomas Edison and Burt Rutan).
Challenge students to express their views of science
in original works of art. Create a drawing or a game.
Make T-shirt designs or a poster.
If you're looking for a scientist or engineer to visit
your school, there are several organizations that
The Optical Society of America has a database of professionals
ready to share their experiences with your students.
And NEC's "Give a Day, Make a Difference"
program schedules visits for scientists to local schools.
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
Encourage employees to participate in ESTEME Week
by serving as science or engineering ambassadors in
their own communities and schools.
Invite students, their parents, and youth organizations
to visit your company to learn about your involvement
with science, engineering, and technology.
Organize internships or summer volunteer programs
to give students hands-on experience in science, engineering,
Pursue partnerships with other science, engineering,
or educational community organizations.
Underwrite a science field trip.
Invite a volunteer to read to young children. Help
them discover the science, engineering, and technology
in stories, adventures, mysteries, and history.
Display children’s inventions, artworks, and
photographs about their interest in science, engineering,
and technology. Create a display of science and engineering
books, posters, and periodicals including biographies,
journals, and stories.
Organize a media fair to gather books, films, videos,
and audiotapes about science and engineering to acquaint
the public with available materials to plan for ESTEME
MUSEUMS, PARKS, ZOOS, PLANETARIUMS, AND AQUARIUMS
Museums, parks, zoos, and other informal education
centers are encouraged to host educational science
and engineering activities on the weekend before and
the weekend after ESTEME week.
Host a hands-on science and engineering event and
invite children and parents.
Organize a scavenger hunt for children, parents, and
teachers. Give them clues leading to the collection
of objects and information from libraries, labs, and
your own facilities.
Invite students, teachers, and clubs to spend a night
exploring science and engineering through hands-on
learning in your institution.
Present a special show-and-tell program to teach from
the ground up what ingredients go into an existing
Volunteer your time and expertise to a local science
Visit a classroom and share your experiences as a
science, mathematics, engineering, or technology professional.
Organize one or a series of field trips around a theme
that represents your organization’s interests
COMMUNITY GROUPS, CLUBS, AND PUBLIC AGENCIES
Form coalitions with schools and businesses to organize
and sponsor a community-wide event or contest for
Host a Science, Engineering, and Technology Expo and
Career Fair, bringing students and industry personnel
together to highlight opportunities in mathematics,
science, and engineering fields.
Work with churches and after-care centers to establish
tutorial and mentor programs and information resource
centers to support learning in science and technology
throughout the year.
Involve parents in ESTEME Week by organizing evening
and weekend workshops and events that allow parents
and their children to enjoy science, engineering,
and mathematics together.