Virtual Field Trip Platform Connects Teachers with STEM Experts
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A company that connects educators with industry experts for in-class virtual sessions has just added a new company to its roster.
Nepris will be working with professionals affiliated with
Randstad US to give K-12 students a taste of real-life work and careers in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Nepris is a paid service that matches educators seeking a speaker, project mentor or evaluator with companies whose workforces have
volunteered to help with those activities. To run the virtual segment, the classroom requires four components: a projector and screen or
interactive whiteboard and a computer with an Internet connection, microphone and speaker, Internet browser and built-in camera or webcam.
Randstad is a staffing organization that places people into temporary and permanent positions within engineering, IT, manufacturing,
logistics and other professions. Through a dedicated portal on the Nepris Web site, Randstad's network of clients and "talent" may register as
subject matter experts to volunteer. Randstad will also run a pilot with 50 Atlanta and Philadelphia area teachers by offering complimentary
access to the platform during the new school year.
"As a leading human resources provider, Randstad is acutely aware of the talent shortage in high-growth fields such as engineering,
information technology, healthcare, life sciences and some areas of finance and accounting," said Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Kelley. "This
partnership aligns with our long-term goal of bolstering America's STEM talent pipeline by integrating our networks' real-world expertise with
students' STEM-based curriculum. We're excited to introduce our experts to classrooms and to provide invaluable learning opportunities
uninhibited by barriers of distance, time or cost of field trips."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.