Tech Nights Toolkit

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Hosting a Tech Night

You don't have to be a National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival Grant Recipient to host a successful Science Festival at your Elementary School. This toolkit is organized into 5 steps with links to documents and sample templates you can customize for your own PTA and school. 

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STEP 1: Make Connections

Schedule a date on your school calendar for the Tech Nights and start engaging your school community in discussions around the importance of STEM education. Reach out to your school administrators, teachers and families. 

STEP 2: Plan Your Event

Form a planning committee by inviting parents in STEM careers and teachers of STEM subjects to join. Recruit at least 10 volunteers to help during the Tech Night. Organize your tasks, create a budget and schedule deadlines. Reach out to local partners to gain donations and community volunteers.

STEP 3: Promote Your Event

Utilize as many platforms as possible for promoting your event. Translate documents into languages your school community speaks.

STEP 4: Host Your Event

Ensure that everything goes smoothly at your Tech Night! Offer take-aways to parents who attend to help them retain and build on what they learned.

STEP 5: Wrap Up

Be sure to thank your PTA, school staff, community partners and parent volunteers. Gather feedback, report your results to National PTA and use the findings to plan your next event. National PTA recommends offering an incentive for completing the survey (e.g. enter names into a drawing for a $50 gift card donated by a local merchant).

Immediately after the event, re-pack the pelican box using with finger rigs. Use the included shipping label to ship the pelican boxes back to the Microsoft Hacking STEM team as soon as possible. Remember these finger rigs will need to be shared across events, so the quicker they are returned the more we can support each other!


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