Visit Planning Tools

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To get started as a UM role model for K-12 students, UM faculty members, professionals, and graduate students are invited to attend a Role Models Matter workshop.

Participants will learn strategies for engaging effectively with K-12 students through hands-on and interactive activities, ice breakers, personal stories, and reflection.

To learn more, contact Caitlin Ervin.  Also check out our frequently asked questions about being a UM role model. 

Tools used in the workshop

1. Review slides from the Role Models Matter Workshop.  

2. Use this worksheet to help plan your classroom visit, from an introductory ice breaker to final questions and reflection.

3. For more input on your hands-on activity or to find out the level of understanding of the age group you are visiting, email your ideas and questions to spectrUM museum manager Caitlin Ervin.

4. Check out the TechbridgeToolkit for ice breakers, ideas for developing STEM activities, tips for asking questions and giving feedback, and a variety of other helpful resources.

Video resources

Personal stories

Check out these role model's personal stories:

What do you like or dislike about their story? How did they keep it kid friendly?

Using Props or Hook

Check out this video on using props from Science World's version of We Are MT in the Classroom Role Models Matter workshop.

What kind of questions does he use to generate discussion? Here is a list of facilitation questions for you to incorporate during your visit.

Here is another example of a fun way to build suspense during a demonstration. It works at grabbing the student's attention and creates discussion.

Picking an activity

Hmm, how do I pick a hands-on activity? This video will help you to identify a theme for your visit, generate supporting ideas to support the theme, and develop hands-on activities.

Hands-on activity resources

Business and economic-based lessons

  • EconEdLink and EconEdatSt.LouisFed have extensive databases of interactive activities and allows you to search them based on grade level and topic.

Science, technology, engineering, math

  • SciGirls has a database of interactive science activities and offers strategies and best practices for engaging girls--and all students--in STEM.
  • Check out these science kits by NISE Network. If you'd like to use any of the activities in these kits, reach out to us and we will see if it is available.
  • Science Buddies

Trades and Arts

Meet some of the role models who are sharing their passion for their careers with K-12 schools in the Bitterroot Valley by visiting