Why Choose In-School Theatre for Your Community Outreach Program? An NTC ED Talk


In our latest NTC ED Talk, Creative Director Jon Mikkelsen details a live in-school, theatrical STEM education program from inception to implementation to evaluation. (Running Time: 2:33)

The Content

NTC Creative Director Jon Mikkelsen oversees all of the digital, theatre, video, print and gaming materials for our in-school STEM education programs. He’s featured in our latest NTC ED Talk video and accompanying whitepaper, detailing the lessons we’ve learned and best practices for delivering a dynamic, engaging in-school theatrical program that truly educates and inspires.

The video and whitepaper track a theatrical education outreach program like STEM from inception to implementation, covering the following main points:

  • Reasons why organizations interested in STEM education should utilize theatrical programs in their community outreach efforts
  • The importance of selecting four primary educational topics to emphasize during the theatrical performance
  • The three main components that each educational script must deliver
  • Creative theatrical techniques to use to ensure that young audiences are engaged and retain the information
  • How to measure and evaluate quantifiable results of the program

Our Approach

NTC’s ED Talk series is modeled after a well-known educational video series in which experts discuss the ins and outs of their field in a straightforward but engaging format. Shot in our Minneapolis studio, these videos feature our team of creative experts, many of whom have been working in the field of educational for years and have learned valuable insights.

Key Takeaways

As STEM industries become increasingly important on the global scale, with the fields of science, technology, engineering and math evolving at a rapid pace, it’s more important than ever to engage with young audiences and inspire the innovators of tomorrow. In-school theatrical programs can achieve this by bringing a positive shared experience into schools on behalf of organizations who have an interest in STEM education.

Some of the main takeaways included in the NTC ED Talk include:

  • An effective in-school theatre program relies primarily on the scripting process, the performance itself, and the ability to measure and analyze results
  • Connecting with K-12 students through storytelling, characters and creativity distinguishes your educational outreach and creates a “trickle” effect throughout communities
  • Finding four main educational concepts to focus on during the program ensures that audiences will come away with memorable learning points
  • These educational concepts and the script as a whole should contain Clarity, Value and the Ability to Take Action
  • Theatre techniques such as audience participation and repetition can maximize the impact of your outreach program
  • It is important to have teachers evaluate in-school programs and seriously consider their responses in order to adapt and refine the content

These takeaways and others are included in the NTC ED Talk video and whitepaper, demonstrating the tactics that could make all the difference for your organization’s community outreach. If you want to make an impact in your communities in a cost-effective and powerful way, find out what the K-12 school channel can provide.

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