ME BioScience Day is a chance for bioscience companies in Maine to share their success stories with middle school students, raise awareness of the impact and opportunities within our industry in the state, and inspire the next generation of young Mainers to develop careers within our industry.
The scope of this event is for a number of bioscience companies in Maine to put one or more employees in a local middle school classroom for a brief presentation on the company, its products, and opportunities for Maine students post-graduation. The presentation may be followed by an interactive activity designed to give students a chance to explore and experience science.
If you are a bioscience employee, scientist, researcher or feel passionate about science and would like to talk to students, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you.
ME BioScience FAQs:
How long am I expected to speak?
Presentations are designed to be 15-30 minutes long. Presenters will be asked to talk to a group of 20-30 middle school students, rotating between different classes, depending on the school’s needs. In some cases the groups may be larger, or more than 1 presenter from the same company will be visiting the same school. BioME will help coordinate presenters speaking with their school hosts to figure out how many presentations the teachers would like and let them know how much time they are able to spend at the school.
What is the presentation’s format?
Since speakers will be representing diverse backgrounds and industry fields, there is a lot of room for flexibility when it comes to the presentation itself. One suggestion is having a short PowerPoint presentation followed by a hands-on activity/science experiment. Consider the audience (middle school students) and what types of pictures and stories would be interesting and impactful to them.
We encourage our speakers to bring props – the more the students can see, touch and experience for themselves, the more engaged they will be. The idea is to show them that science is fun and that there is work for scientists and support employees in life sciences in their home state, and often right in near their homes. Hands on activity is not required but is strongly encouraged.
What should I talk about?
The actual content will depend on the presenter and whatever their specialty/ industry field is but to align your presentation with the event’s goals, we ask that you include the following points:
1) Your career in bioscience and how you got where you are.
2) If you work for a specific company – general information on the company and what it does/ manufactures (if possible, the presenters will bring props, devices etc)
3) A brief discussion on the types of jobs your company has (not everyone in a bioscience company is a “scientist”!) and why it is still important to have a good education in science.
4) Hands on activity – this will depend on your specialty and the specific nature of your company. If you are involved in diagnostics, you could bring some diagnostic tests for students to use. It could also be a science experiment or making a model of something the company makes.
All other details will depend on the presenters and whatever cool story they have. We encourage presenters to be open to the school’s needs and discuss the presentations with teachers prior to their visit.
I would like my company to participate but haven’t identified a presenter yet. Can I still sign up?
Yes, as long as you identify a presenter (or presenters) 3 weeks before the event.
Can I choose the school where I will give my presentation?
Our intention is to match schools and companies based on the geographical location. However, if for whatever reason you would like to visit a specific school, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.