Outreach

Some of our current outreach series include:

 

Science With Seniors

 

We are a group of graduate students and postdocs in STEM-related fields who seek to enhance exposure to science in voting age populations. While many STEM outreach programs focus on bringing science to children to increase their interest in STEM fields, voting age populations, and more specifically senior citizens, are often overlooked. Senior citizens comprise the most dedicated voting demographic with over 90% of Americans aged 60+ registered to vote. Indeed, based on program surveys we’ve conducted, over 80% of our audience agree or strongly agree that they are consistent voters at all levels of government (n = 123, between June 2017- January 2019):

 

 

Graduate students, postdocs, and professors passionate about educating the most civically engaged age group give half-hour interactive presentations on scientific topics that span a range of topics from solar cells to synthetic biology.

Thus, SPOT began our relationship with the Covenant Home (Chicago, IL):

 

 

 

 

 

 

as well as the Levy Center (Evanston, IL):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our programming, so far, have been highly effective! We collect post-event surveys for presentation quality control, and have noted the following positive trends:

 

 

SPOT hopes to continue with this successful program well into the future, edifying all curious senior citizens.