STEM is everywhere basically, it's just so easy to link and there is so much evidence on it. There are multiple types of STEM, some affs deal with the program itself and have environmental impacts that could be solved through STEM education. There's a space STEM aff which is pretty dumb and I've seen it a lot. A team from my school read a STEM Baudrillard aff for a few weeks, but it was pretty dumb. A women in STEM aff is pretty popular too. Some cyber security ish affs for STEM exist and are commonly used as contentions for STEM affs. I'm not sure of how local of a debate school you guys have, but usually mediocre majority white schools use STEM, or so I've seen. So if you know a school that generally, dare I say, boring, they're most likely running STEM, so that's definitely something you should prep out. Sex ed is pretty popular too. It doesn't need too much explanation. Personally, I really like this college cp for it, as it just makes more sense. The cp is saying that since most sexual assults occur on a college campus, information about sex and sexual assault should occur in colleges instead of primary/ secondary schools. There is a version of this aff where it speaks about LGBTQQIA sex education, and I really haven't hit that, but I'm sure that wouldn't be too dificult to prep out, as it links pretty well to the next aff I've seen. Trans bathrooms is an in between zone for critical debaters and more traditional debaters. I think while you're finding cards for the LGBTQQIA sex ed aff, you could mix some of those cards in with this aff, as they're both dealing with the same issues as in the LGBTQQIA community. I'd suggest steering away from critiquing the idea of trans bathrooms and instead maybe the impacts of the way they're implemented, in addition to a lot of topicality and other off case shit. I just feel like the judges wouldn't be too keen to the idea of critiquing something that is a problem. This is just a suggestion Another sorta critical aff is deseg. I'm aware that it's a novice packet, but it's super easy to beef up and the solvency can be improved on the aff through suggesting magnet schools. I saw this aff a lot, not only with post novs, but at the top of the competition as well, as it's a really good aff regardless of it being a novice affirmative. A visas program for international students is a pretty good affirmative, and depending on how big the tournaments are, it may be there. It's true that Trump has shit completely on other countries, but if someone is really up to date, then they could work their way around this and prepare a really nice aff. I'd suggest targeting the countries that Trump wants immigrants from, as they're primarily white ones. You shouldn't need to dig too deep to find evidence on this, and it's possible to make a really impressive off case argument surrounding around that.
My partner and I ran a respiration aff which is a bit like Afro pessimism. If you run into an aff like this, maybe a cap K and a shit ton of fwk. That was basically all we saw throughout the season, and you're already at an advantage at the beginning of the round, as it's really difficult as the affirmtive to prove why it's important to run an untopical aff. If you shit spread framework and stay consistent, then you shouldn't have too much trouble picking up against an aff like ours. Cap was usually ran as a time skew, but you could win on it if you do enough work on it. The basic premise is capitalism is a cause of racism, as slavery was the idea to capatilize no matter the cost of who's doing the labor. School to prison pipeline is pretty much the same with the cap k, especially if the aff is centered around anti blackness. I'd suggest prepping these two affs together and using some cards from Afropess on this one. I hope some of this helped, and good luck