Thank you for being a part of our amazing Career Connection Days! You’re playing a big part in informing middle school students about science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) careers, and possibly inspiring them to pursue one. Your participation will grow your organization’s future workforce and strengthen STEM in the region.
Our primary expectation is that an exhibitor will host a table at our event. At the table, students should be able to:
We also host a day for scouts on the Saturday of each event. We do not have exhibitors at that event but we do present a panel discussion of STEM individuals and have a casual coffee/lunch session for the scouts and STEM panelists to talk informally. If you are interested in being a part of the scout event, please let us know!
Absolutely! We will be holding training for exhibitors on Oct. 16 at our facility. We’ll go over logistics and how to engage with middle schoolers, and we’ll have sample activities for you to see as well. If you need help developing an activity, we are happy to help you. (However, we cannot provide consumable materials or Science Center staff/volunteers to help at your table.) We just need to know that you need help!
Each Career Connections field trip theme runs for three days. Students will be onsite from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. We will be open for setup at 8:30 a.m. and have a quick meeting at 9:15 a.m. After 2 p.m., you may leave whenever you wish.
Once your table is set up, you may leave it set up overnight so you don’t have to start over each morning. We can lock up anything valuable.
We are flexible with the times and dates that you are here, but we strongly encourage your presence as an exhibitor for all three days; this way all students have the same experience regardless of which day they attend.
Middle school is when many students lose interest and confidence in STEM. We aim to head this off by introducing kids to a wide range of STEM careers (including careers they never would have thought of) and inspiring them to connect their future to STEM.
We are fostering the region as a center for STEM achievement by showcasing STEM businesses and organizations, spurring students to seek out STEM activities and education, and creating a culture of STEM that shapes the economic growth of the region.
In addition, Pennsylvania now requires career preparation as part of its education standards, and expects teachers to collect evidence of career learning activities. We are meeting many of these standards and requirements with our Career Connections events.
Past exhibitors have included St. Luke’s University Health Network, PPL, B. Braun, Crayola, JustBorn, All Points Equine, Boas Surgical, Intertek, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the American Chemistry Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and many more!
We have capacity for up to 400 students per field trip day and 100 scouts on Saturday. We are also open to the public each day. We can keep you updated to the actual reservation numbers as we get closer to the event so you know what to expect.