Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

The Art of the Demo: How to Create Engaging 15 Minute Outreach Activities

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 10:45AM - 12:15PM

You have just been invited to a STEM festival, Science Fair, or middle school classroom and given just 15 minutes to promote your outreach program. How can you best capture audience attention and excite them about technology? We have found great success in using hands-on technology demonstrations. These demos use compact, portable technologies such as tablets and alternative input devices like Leap Motion and Makey Makey. The focus is on audience participation and interaction with technology.

This workshop will provide tips on how to effectively create and use technology demonstrations at a variety of outreach events. After hearing a brief overview what makes an engaging demonstration, workshop participants will rotate through 3 separate hands-on demos using low-cost technologies.

Through this experience, workshop participants will learn how to implement the demos shown and how to adapt some of their existing work into a demo format. Educational resources will be available on a workshop web site.

Workshop Organizers:
Nannette Napier, Georgia Gwinnett College
Sonal Dekhane, Georgia Gwinnett College
Xin Xu, Georgia Gwinnett College