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Are you a school or other organization interested in creating a walkSTEM tour of your very own? After school learning spaces, universities, museums, zoos, cities, and corporate offices are all examples of sites that have created their own walkSTEM tour for their communities.

We’ve compiled a list of resources here to make the process as easy as possible! Thanks to talkSTEM’s partnership with Otocast, an app-based audio tour platform, your content can even include features like GPS-enabled directions, embedded images and videos, support for digital badges and competitions, and your own voice guiding listeners from all over the world through your walkSTEM experience. We used many of those features in our 2020 Spring Challenge, taking place along our Dallas Arts District tour, which you can read more about here.

Note: All walkSTEM resources are completely free on our website and YouTube channel. Learn more about the walkSTEM initiative here. talkSTEM is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing STEM mindsets in ALL children. Learn more about talkSTEM here.

Making a walkSTEM tour is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1 Decide on the location you’d like your tour to feature! This can be a campus, a museum, a zoo, or just a neighborhood you think lends itself well to being shown off in a science, technology, engineering, arts, and / or mathematics-based tour. Next, decide on the specific objects or locations that will be your tour stops. Reach out to us at koshi@talkSTEM.org if you’d like to discuss. We are happy to help!

2 Create your content. Our Create Your Own walkSTEM framework (together with worksheets and examples) are all freely available here. We’ve also made an easy template available here, handy for planning tour stops and text, whether making videos or app-based tours. We’re happy to help you along the way, and can offer tips and examples from previous tours as you need! Once your content is created, you can just zip it up and send it our way, and we’ll take care of the rest, distributing to both our official talkSTEM YouTube channel and Otocast as you want.

3 Tell your friends, and take the tour! Now that you’ve made your walkSTEM tour, it’s time to enjoy and share it with the world.

We started creating walkSTEM tours back in 2017 and are thrilled to have a growing and vibrant walkSTEM community. Watch this short video to hear from walkSTEM advisor and founder of MoMath (the only math museum in North America), Dr. Whitney. Since we launched we have expanded our walkSTEM tour to include not just math but also a wide range of other STEM arenas embedded in real world places. Visit our YouTube channel to see more examples of work that we have done with partners and reach out to us to learn more!

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About the Founder & CEO

Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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