STLP FAQ

The questions below are frequently asked, especially by new STLP Coordinators. If you would prefer to talk in person, please email me, Julie Gaskin, and we'll arrange a meeting.

Q:  How do I choose which students should be in the program?

Q:  How many students should be in the program?

Q:  How often should we meet?

Q:  How do I decide on our STLP projects?

Q:  How do I choose which students should be in the program? 
A: Schools have various ways to choose their students, such as:
Asking students to apply and write a persuasive letter to the STLP coordinator
Advertising and seeing who shows up for the meeting
Teacher recommendation 
 
Q:  How many students should be in the program? 
A:  All students who wish to participate should be allowed to contribute in some way but this may require some creative thinking. A school with class-size numbers or less may decide to meet regularly with the same group. When group numbers are larger, the group may be divided into "project" groups which meet different days or different times of the year.

Q:  How often should we meet? 
A:  To get organized, many groups meet weekly or every-other week. As projects progress, some students also choose to work more often such as during recess during the school day.

Q:  How do I decide on our STLP projects? 
A:  Talk and brainstorm with the students. Check out what other schools are doing, check out the events of the STEM Fair, and investigate participation areas of the State Fall Showcase and the State STLP Championship by reading the State STLP Handbook (posted in the FCPS STLP SharePoint (requires password). When a project becomes comfortable, consider adding an additional project and/or tackling something new. Ask for support when needed so you and the group can grow.

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