Speak at a School

MassBioEd has worked with schools throughout Massachusetts to introduce high school students to the life sciences through company-hosted Career Exploration Days. Our Speakers in Schools program brings industry professionals into classrooms, where students can hear first-hand descriptions of what it is like to work in scientific research and other professions that support this industry. 

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer speaker or would like to offer a speaker from your organization, and would like to learn more, please fill out the Statement of Interest form.

For questions about Speakers in Schools, please contact Andre Williams at Andre.Williams@massbio.org or 617-694-8084.

How do Speakers in Schools events work?

BioTeach has been active in Massachusetts public schools for many years. With this experience, we will work with the school host and volunteer to help ensure the best possible experience for student and volunteer alike.  The goal of each engagement is for speakers to share their industry knowledge and experiences with a class of students well prepared to learn from the speaker.

Before a speaker visits the school, students in the host class will:

The event itself is typically one class period (50 minutes long). A speaker should be prepared to:

  • Provide a brief presentation on what they do in the field, for what organization, and how that organization aspires to positively impact lives,
  • Discuss the life sciences in general and share their own experiences within the field,
  • Reflect on their personal journey and how they got to where they are today,
  • Allow ample time for questions from students,
  • Provide a demonstration or activity, if possible.

BioTeach will work with volunteers to prepare them for a school visit. Each volunteer will provide a draft of their presentation and share it with the BioTeach team. We will work with the volunteers to fine-tune presentations and share our insights for making their visit a rewarding experience.  

My favorite part of the day was being able to sit with a volunteer and have them explain their job and the purpose of it, as well as being able to ask personal questions about their interests and college experience. Millbury High School Student Career Exploration Day, April 2017

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