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