More Than Likes + Shares: Leveraging Social Media for STEAM Partnerships
Shaunice Sasser, Ashleigh Distin, and Caryn Turner
Contrary to popular belief, social media is more than likes + shares. Facebook is more than sharing stories or your favorite recipes; Instagram is more than video reels; TikTok is more than hitting the ""woah"" to a dance challenge; and Clubhouse is more than just a conversation. Each of these tools can be used to strategically build partnerships that will highlight new and innovative STEAM careers, expand networking opportunities for teachers and students as well as provide additional opportunities for mentorship. This session will discuss the exact steps we have used to gain the attention of a middle school millionaire, MC Hammer and a Nano Physicist. Our goal as educators is to always prepare our students for careers that do not exist yet. We want to propel them into the future ready and prepared to be more than consumers, but to be innovators and inventors.