Well, here are a few ideas to get your motors running. Think about these things, add to them, give input on them, and so on. Also, feel free to add more ideas!
If you want to head something up or feel that it is a sturdy enough idea feel free to add it to the wiki planning page which is: http://wiki.seds.org/index.php/Outreach_planning
-This one was suggested by Adrian Lucy. It is also in its infancy on the wiki planning page. So far the idea is to create a non-fiction and fiction list of books with age recommendations, reviews, and summaries taken from popular publications.
-I'd like to take that a step further once we have the list decently filled out. I'd like to also get recommendations from well known authors and other public figures in the industry as a highlight. If the list is well liked I'd like to possibly aim it at bookstores as well as to the general public, possibly leaving stacks of fliers at the establishments (either in full detail or summarized).
-Once the list is done there are a lot of other places we could take it, including getting authors and other significant figures to give lectures, book signings, and readings in local libraries. We could work towards getting books donated to local libraries, maybe even creating a kit of things to put out with the books so that libraries and stores have a great display they can set up. Other outreach events could be correlated around this, what kinds of outreach events would you like to see happen around this?
-This is also on the wiki planning page. This is a compilation of all sorts of different resources for educators, individuals, students, and outreach enthusiast. I'd like to highlight chapter projects in this list as well as use it as a guide for chapters who aren't sure what to do for local projects. It would be nationally distributed.
-The question is, where else could this go? It's great to have a registry of ideas for students, but how could we take individual aspects or even the resources as a whole and do amazing things with them besides just on the local level.
Local level outreach events:
-I want to get a good catalog going of these with very specific formats on how to put them on, these can be distributed to chapters, individuals, and even partnering organizations
-Star parties, these are very popular, but maybe we can get some more ideas running for what can be done as additional activities during the parties
-Presentations in schools, and easy way to get comfortable with public speaking and to spread the knowledge of space. What are some interesting topics for different levels of students and adults?
-How can technology be incorporated into more events?
-The big question to me is how do we not only excite people in space but keep them excited about space
-I think that there are lots of organizations in everyone's community that may or may not be specific to space, but are nonetheless great ways to sustain interest in space. Ham radio, robotics, computers, and other areas are all involved in the space industry, it doesn't all have to be model rocketry and astronomy. I think it is worth it to develop good relationships with your local clubs so that you can filter people with similar interests into them. It's a good way to keep in touch with the people you encountered at educatinoal outreach events and to help sustain interest. If the relationships go well then maybe joint events, or just advertising at theirs. SEDS is about students with multiple disciplines, let's expand our horizons here. What might one say to a local club? What materials should be given to people? How can we combine the interests to do cool joint projects? What are some types of clubs local chapters should be looking for?
-It makes less work for us and better results overall if some of are efforts are devoted to working with other companies or organizations on their outreach projects, I know that NASA does some great things and I'd like to start us working a bit more with them. It would be nice to get some of their resources instead of just seeing them thrown away after they are old or obsolete. Also, volunteering for something organized by another is a great way to gain some valuable experience in outreach without as much stress. Which organizations or companies should we be aiming at? What should we be looking to get?
-Trying to co-ordinate better with local projects, how do we keep everyone updated on what is going on around them?