I’m affiliated with several all-day STEM-related competitions for middle/HS students. I’ve always wondered whether it would be worth it to throw an “after-party”. The site/location has potential assets, some of which could be used inexpensively, including:
- A planetarium
- Science on a Sphere
- Other small sciencey displays (the competitions are held in a small science museum)
- Excellent WiFi and a room with tables (think LAN party with your best frenemies)
- Access to catering of inexpensive ethnic foods (Mexican, Chinese, maybe Indian)
I think a ticket of $25 would cover an all-you-can eat meal (designed for a teen-age, predominantly male population), planetarium show, SOS show, museum access, and access to a room for gaming (BYO equipment).
After competing all day, ending around 5:00 pm, would an after-party like the above be appealing to you? What would you add? What would you leave out?
There’s also an outdoor area, so things like laser tag or outdoor inflatables (e.g. human foosball) could be brought in, but would greatly increase the cost.