Visiting role model STEM Heroes

Utility Partners / University and High School Students / ESCO professionals 


Why We Need You

We need more young people to believe that they too can be STEM heroes. A powerful way to do that is to provide the opportunity for you -- a real STEM role model! -- to interact with them.

STEMhero is already a program used by students across the country, but our hope is that it can have an even greater impact by including STEM role models in two-four key lessons -- without requiring massive training or time commitments that make it difficult for undergraduates, professionals and teachers to participate.

Review this page to understand how you will assist a local classroom participating in the STEMhero program.

What is STEMhero?

To make STEM more relevant and accessible for all students we need to leverage technology that they already have at their homes and schools.

STEMhero is a website and curriculum that empowers students to collect and analyze their electricity, natural gas, and water consumption.

Through the program, students create a baseline of their home and/or school's consumption; then, they plan and enact an experiment in which they measure the impact of an efficiency behavior or and technology. Their findings are shared with family and the community.

role model Sessions:

Session 1: Share your STEMhero story

Guiding questions: 

  • Who are you? Where are you from?

  • Why is it important to you that you work / study in a STEM related field?

  • Describe the twists and turns of your path, since you were the student's age (including challenges and triumphs), to where you are now as a STEM professional?

  • In what ways do you get to collaborate with others as a STEM professional?

  • Tell a story about how measuring something (collecting data) helps important decisions get made in your work

  • Ask students if they "hear" themselves in anything you said (allow for students to speak) -- this is better than just, "any questions?"

Goal: have students hear something in your story that they can relate to in their own life journeys.

Recommended format:

  • 5-15 minute presentation per visitor

  • If there is more than one STEM role model, divide the class into small groups hearing from 1-2 role models at a time, then switch.

Session 2: Assist students to Compare Water and Energy systems at their Home and School

Goal: help students begin to plan a test in which they measure the impact of a behavior or technology change designed to save energy or water. Encourage them to consider if opportunities for increasing efficiency at school are similar or different than opportunities they might encounter at home.

Recommended format:

  • 20-40 minutes

  • Walk around the building or rotate students in small groups to various locations near opportunities for efficiency

  • Complete the form

Need ideas for how to save water and energy? We've curated some of our favorites on our Pinterest.

Session 3: Provide Feedback on Student Presentations

Provide constructive and encouraging feedback to students on the efficiency experiments that they ran. Topics include: Their experimental model, the quality of the data that they collected, their plan for next steps, how they engaged key stakeholders in their efforts, how they used evidence to support their claims, etc.

Recommended format:

  • 1-2 hours; perhaps broken into smaller increments

  • Teachers might choose to have this be an event you can attend, or send you copies of student work on which you can respond with feedback.


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