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1. Work with a partner (s) if possible. It increases confidence in delivering a program for those new to it and offers attendees variety in presenters and viewpoints.
2. Science is truly a part of everyday life and many topics can be used for STEM programs even if they don’t seem all that science focused on the surface – for example chemistry in cooking or science in fictional novels. No need to be afraid of the science aspect as it really does pervade everything.
3. People want to be heard and enjoy opportunities to discuss with their peers. I was worried about this, but it was more of a problem getting people to stop talking than to participate. All you have to do is guide the conversation and somewhat police it. Retirees especially had valuable insights to share and seemed to miss the time they had to communicate with other adults in their workplace.