LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology, Science Show Host & STEM Educator
“Step aside Bill Nye & Neil deGrasse Tyson. Justin J. Shaifer is the emerging STEM personality we need to hear.” –Forbes
A rising star in STEM education and advocacy, Justin J. Shaifer is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology and popular science communicator with a talent for understanding and inspiring GenZ. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Fascinate, Inc., a nonprofit that partners with organizations such as Microsoft, Google and the MIT Media Lab to excite underrepresented students about STEM careers. He is also a science education PhD student at Teachers College of Columbia University and host of WGBH’s live science show, Escape Lab featured on Twitch. Known for the Magic Cool Bus Project and his TEDx talk, “How to Speak Generation Z,” also known as “Mr. Fascinate,” Justin is a prominent presence on social media. He continues to reach millions with his content, keynotes and workshops. Read More >
TEDx: How to Speak “Generation Z”
Why STEM is COOL! (To Me)
"Parents Never Understand" has taken on an entirely new meaning with the upcoming "Generation Z." This generation is the first of truly "digital natives" - meaning many of these kids grew up with iPads in their hands. This talk and optional workshop equips users with practical tools for engaging this truly unique cohort of children.
Most educators recognize the importance of STEM skills for the modern workforce, but few effectively translate this into lesson plans for their students. Based on Justin's professional experience in multiple STEM disciplines and STEM youth development programs, this tech savvy workshop walks teachers through unique lesson plans to engage students in STEM.
Modern students are often intimidated by the prospect of debt, but they don't have to be! This exciting workshop by Justin Shaifer, a full-scholarship recipient, provides students with immediately applicable strategies to fully fund a college career, and ensure job security post-graduation.
Boring lectures and uninspiring teachers have ruined many students’ perceptions of STEM. This adventurous talk informs students about real life experiences of modern STEM students, and the prospects of STEM careers
"Justin is such a dynamic and energetic speaker. I truly enjoyed his talk at the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit, he opened my mind to the importance of YouTube and Memes to Generation Z students. Book him for your next event, he will not disappoint!"
"...You helped us kick off a project that will no doubt bring value and inspiration to not only A&T but also the broader public...You came through and really blessed it! Thank you for your contribution. We appreciate your thoughtfulness, professionalism, and dedication to the vision. We are still inspired and on a high from everything left in the room which we are looking forward to sharing with the world."
"Justin is such an amazing speaker and his message really resonated with students. We really enjoyed his talk on "STEM is Cool". I highly recommend him as a keynote for any event!"
“It was really a great success and he was super easy to work with. It wasn’t an easy crowd for a Friday afternoon and high school students but he held their attention. We heard great reviews from the faculty and how relatable Justin was to the students. The faculty were so impressed with how quiet they were — a true indication of how he kept them engaged. I think it was a homerun!”
"All is well. Justin was great. Justin was the consummate professional. His presentation was tailored as we sought and relevant to all. Students, parents, teachers, administration all loved it."
"Justin was wonderful. I was there for the whole thing. He had teachers and kids laughing and nodding their heads in agreement. It was the youthful, truthful jolt of energy we needed! You should also know that several administrators told me they had already booked Justin based upon videos we circulated about Mr. Fascinate or they were planning to book him after they saw him in action. Justin is humble, gracious and was happy to interact with our participants."
"We had an outstanding summit and Justin was awesome. His presentation connected with the Innovators and parents. He was received very well and engaged the audience."
"Your keynote was absolutely perfect – it was funny, personal, motivating and educational. You hit all the right points and got the room absolutely buzzing. And you took a tough ask – a very scripted panel – and moved it right along. It was exactly right, and we are very grateful for your skill. What’s more, I want to thank you for your hard work and preparation leading up to the panel. You didn’t miss a deadline, and you took feedback into stride in a way that informed the overall presentation in the best way."
"He has a way of intellectualizing pop culture topics and STEM that our audience wouldn't typically be interested in or privy to."
"Justin Shaifer is a gifted public speaker. He has an uncanny ability to analyze, understand, and relate to his audience. In summary of his public speaking talent, I will simply say that I believe Mr. Shaifer, the future Dr. Shaifer, is a Game Changer!"
"Justin was a big hit. His remarks really resonated with the audience and I’m sure he gained many new fans. He was extremely cooperative and easy to work with."
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