Businesses and Organizations Partnerships:
Partnering with our program allows your professionals to interact and teach students on what to expect in a work place environment, through hands on experiences in students’ interested fields. Examples of these experiences are listed below.
Businesses and Groups Interested in Sponsoring E3 STEM:
Contact the program through the contact form at the bottom of this page.
E3 STEM Business Partner Support Options
- Host a field trip: Invite junior and senior E3 STEM students for a field trip (usually about 2 hours). This typically includes a tour of the facility and a career panel, with 45 employees describing their jobs and career paths. Depending on the company, we have also done problem-solving activities, mini-workshops, etc. We will help you design the trip.
- Provide job shadow opportunities: Our job shadows are approximately 8 hours of observation over a week (flexible scheduling, depending on employee and student schedules). This can be split between two employees. Depending on the nature of the job, students may or may not get any hands-on experience during this time. After completing their time, students present to each other on their experiences, so that they learn from their own job shadows as well as those of their peers.
- Provide mentors: One of our required grant components is a 11 mentoring experience for students. This requires a 1 year commitment. Students and mentors should meet at least once a month over the course of the year; these meetings can be in-person, over the phone, online, etc. A more detailed description of mentoring guidelines is attached.
- Provide internships: For qualified students, an internship can be paid or unpaid and involves at least a 6-week commitment (number of weekly hours negotiable) where the student is engaged in meaningful tasks. Supervisors will need to fill out an evaluation of the student’s work upon his/her completion.
- Provide volunteers for work-readiness and program events: We host a variety of events for students in the program, such as an “Hour of Code” and Fab Lab engineering challenges. We also provide a career readiness curriculum, which supports students with resume writing, interviewing, networking, etc. We are always in search of people willing to review resumes, conduct interviews, give feedback on designs, etc.
- Provide service learning opportunities: Our students are required to complete 5 hours of service learning; our preference is that they volunteer in a field related to their interests so that they gain experience and exposure to different aspects of their pathway.
- Serve on the Advisory Board: Our STEM advisory board meets quarterly at Apple Valley High School and serves as a key advisor to the work of the grant and to the STEM-for-all initiative at AVHS.
- Provide professional development training and experience for teachers. This might include tours, job panels, job shadows and summer internships.
- Visit Apple Valley High School Career Center: meet with E3 STEM and other students interested in learning more about your professional fields. These are typically scheduled during the school day and last 30 60 minutes depending upon your availability.
- Participate in Apple Valley High classroom activities: Volunteer to spend time in various classrooms to support the teaching and learning process by sharing your expertise. You will not be asked to deliver instruction. Your role is to ask good questions and provide insights. Guest expert/engineering in our fab lab classes.