1. Decide what you will cover. One or two key points are enough for one session
  2. Decide how you will get your key points across. For the most part, hands-on activities are best for learning. Consider “what will they do” as the primary question, and “what will instructor do” as secondary. Visit the Let’s Talk Science website for more information, www.letstalkscience.ca.
  3. Write out a plan. Include your objectives for the session, what you and the group will do, how much time each activity will take and the materials need.
  4. Practice your plan to ensure that it works as you anticipate and that the time allotted is appropriate.
  5. Be flexible. Things do not always go as anticipated. So, try to have extra material to engage the group if things finish earlier than planned. Also, think about what you can cut out from the plan if things take longer.
  6. Plan some time within your presentation to discuss about topics in sciece/ engineering. It is your unique perspective on these topics that can really enrich the experience for youth, especially for older levels. Remember, this engineering kit design is to engage high school students to be interested in topics of engineering.
  7. Use variety in your approach. People differ in the ways they learn, as well as their knowledge and skill bases. You can make your presentation more effective by including a variety of approaches, media and activities. For different types of learning skills, please refer to the Abilities and Targeted Activities for the Eight Intelligences section for more information.
  8. Look at your region’s curriculum. Educators have a responsibility to ensure that certain topics are covered for certain age-groups. This can be very challenging and tailoring your presentation so that it fits within the curriculum may be highly appealing to the educator. The curricula will also give you a good idea of the kinds of things that the students have probably already learned- and thing they have not. When working with community groups- keep it FUN!
  9. Thing about the resources – materials, equipment, demos and books you might be able to bring into the classroom. Items that are an everyday part of your scientific world could very well be inaccessible to this group. Is there anything you can leave behind the classroom?
  10. Consider safety. Check to if there are any restrictions regarding animals, chemical use or foods at your venue. Before introducing any hands-on activities, review all safety procedures with the students.

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