Executive Director of Fascinate Inc. & STEM Advocate
Growing up in a single parent home, Justin J. Shaifer had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. His worldview drastically transformed after experiences at Hampton University. Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine and environmental science with the highest departmental GPA and was also president of Hampton University's student body while receiving scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100% of his tuition and room & board. Now 24 years old, he travels the country empowering young students to "embrace their inner nerd" despite their surroundings. 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 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!”
"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!"
"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!"