What Did We Learn?
There is a pressing and currently unmet challenge facing educators in 21st Century classrooms that represents the gap between the delivery of a static STEM curriculum and an engaging experience that realistically conveys what is currently happening, and needed, in pure and applied research. Connect With STEM was seen as one way to address this gap.
Without appropriate incentives and accountability processes in place (on both sides), the shared commitment between a volunteer network and a partnering school can easily become de-prioritized.
An individual or a school signaling interest in participating in Connect With STEM was not necessarily predictive of the program being as successful as expected.