Thank you for your interest in helping us inspire the next generation of science, engineers and technicians through our K-16 Education Programs, BLAZES, BLEND, BLISS and outreach in the community and schools. Workforce Development & Education (WD&E) depends on Berkeley Lab volunteers to run our programs. We cannot do this work without YOU. Please review the upcoming volunteer training and volunteer opportunities. Check your schedule to see when you can be involved based on your interest and availability.
Volunteer Training Workshops
- Monday, February 13, 2017 11:30am-1:00 pm- Conducting Science Outreach in Classrooms– This training, which we will conduct in partnership with Community Resources for Science (CRS), is for Berkeley Lab employees that are interested in conducting outreach in classroom and school setting by checking out one of our BLISS Kits or with curriculum of your own. During this workshop you will learn tips for such as classroom management, preparing for teaching the lesson (mastering concepts and practicing the activity) and tips for implementing the lesson. You must bring your lunch to the workshop Register online on or before Thursday, February 9th .
- BLAZES Workshops– We need volunteers for our BLAZES program Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30am-noon. You can volunteer as often as you would like based on your schedule. We need volunteers for BLAZES on February 2nd, 6th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Please review our BLAZES Volunteer Calendar and sign up for one of these dates or any other dates in the future you are available to volunteer.
- Introduce a Female Student to Engineering Day– On Thursday February 23 from 1:00-3:00 pm Antioch High School in Antioch is looking for women engineers to come to the school to talk to their students about engineering. If you are interested and available contact Ms. Stephanie Marple at StephanieMarple@antoich.k12.ca.us
- National Engineers Week Celebration – On Friday, February 24th we are partnering with Community Resources in Science (CRS) to go to local elementary and middle schools to conduct hands on engineering activities from our BLISS kits. If you are interested in signing up for this opportunity, please email Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith, Manager of K-16 Educational Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org with Engineering Week in the subject line.
- Daughters and Son to Work Day (DSTW)- On Thursday, April 27th, we will be hosting this event. We are looking for individuals to conduct hands on STEM activities. Volunteers for DSTW will have to make up their own activities. For more information about volunteering for DSTW, please contact Joe Crippen at email@example.com with DSTW STEM activities, in the subject line.
We inviting you to participate in an exciting STEM outreach initiative for the Berkeley Unified School District middle schools. We are seeking volunteers for the Spring 2017 sessions at King Middle School (session 3) and Longfellow Middle School (session 4).
Session 3 – King Middle School, February 9th – March 24th, with 90 minute sessions and one gap week (February 16/17). On Thursdays/Fridays. –
Session 4 – Longfellow Middle School, March 1st – April 18th, with 48 minute sessions and two gap weeks (March 28/April 4). On Tuesdays.
The King Middle School session starts next Thursday 2/9 and we still need nine volunteers! Particularly Thursdays from 1:36-3:05 pm. This project, called “Be A Scientist”, involves UC Berkeley STEM graduate students guiding 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigation. The project, now in its third year, is funded by the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and a Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant. It has been a great success to-date with enthusiastic response from students, teachers, and volunteers. This year we are expanding from Willard and King Middle Schools to include Longfellow – so we need a LOT of volunteers! I developed this project, in collaboration with Berkeley teachers and principals, a UC Berkeley development team of faculty and graduate students, and staff of Community Resources for Science (CRS), a local non-profit with extensive experience in supporting science education in Bay Area public schools. There is a curriculum, extensive support from CRS, and oversight by UC Berkeley faculty. Benefits to volunteer mentors:
- Serve as STEM role models, promote scientific literacy, skills of a scientist, and passion for science Develop skills communicating science
- Develop skills and practical experience in education outreach
- Enhance your ability to get federal fellowships or faculty positions for which scientific outreach/engagement is important .
Volunteer mentors will:
- Attend a 2-hour training session
- Commit to attending at least one school lab period per week for the 6 weeks of the program
- Guide a group of 4-6 students through the process of investigating a scientific question (each student explores their own question)
Training sessions for the King Middle School Session are: Thursday 2/2, 2pm – 4pm, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, Monday 2/6 details to come, or by demand.