Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Talk Group 31630: The Talk Group For Learning!
The idea of the STEM TG is a place where people can go to have a discussion about anything in which the outcome results in participants learning something. We are deliberately keeping it vague and STEM is only used since it fits nicely on your radio’s display, along with the fact that it’s clearly associated with learning. The STEM talk group is just one element of HVDN's commitment to digital education and where to find it!
The driving idea is that STEM will be a place that interactive talks and topic series can be done. We all love NETs a weekly scheduled time and place to interact with other like-minded individuals.
But the commitment to run a weekly net is almost a full-time job. What STEM was created for is to supplement NETs that is have a place where people can meet and discuss a topic with a limited commitment. As an example, people could reserve STEM to discuss a solar eclipse have a place and a time to go to discuss the event and how to observe etc. That would be a commitment only for that event. Discussions of individual’s projects or any topic really that results in education is encouraged.
What is STRONGLY discouraged is use of the TG for discussions that results in no educational value. There are literally hundreds of TG where you can talk about how your radio sounds, if you’re not talking about how to modify or solve a problem with a radio please take that discussion to TAC310 or another suitable TG.
It is our goal to have a way to request to reserve STEM for a topic. The same way that one would hold a conference call. The main difference is that the reservation CAN NOT exclude anyone for any reason other than an individual that is interfering with the other individuals in that they are there to discuss that set topic. This hopefully will drive reservations so that others can look at what is scheduled and decide to attend if the topic or attendees interests them.