The heart of WHSTEP is the Liaison Network. This Network
comprises at least one official representative from each
member school and organization. Their jobs are to make
the connections that are vital to the functioning of the
partnership. For example, a teacher who is looking for
a guest speaker, a curriculum consultant, or unused lab
equipment, can talk to the liaison in the school. The
liaison, knowing the people and resources available, would
contact the liaison in the appropriate science organization
to start the process of finding what is needed. By the
same token, scientists or engineers who have resources
to offer, or who need to consult with a teacher about
the education portion of a project, can contact the liaison
in their organization.
The liaison also acts as the point person for each member
school and organization. As resources and programs are
made available, WHSTEP provides the liaisons with information
for dissemination. Liaisons then advertise the programs
or make the resources available to the appropriate recipients.
WHSTEP also relies on liaisons to provide feedback with
regard to their school or organization's needs or the
success of our programs.