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Current opportunities to volunteer in the community:

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Group is teaming up for the third year with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to organize in the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference on February 25, 2017 from 10 AM-3 PM at the Engineering Center on the CU Boulder campus. This conference is designed to encourage middle school girls to explore and study the STEM fields by allowing them to interact with women who use these disciplines in their careers. Each year this conference hosts ~250 girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

We are currently looking for volunteers for these fun and interactive workshops. Workshop assistants will stay with the same presenter and help to set up activities and manage students in the class. Helpers will assist with basic tasks, such as placing signs and coordinating lunch. Presenters will develop a 50-min workshop designed for a class of 12 girls. The presenter will give the identical workshop three times throughout the conference to a different set of girls each time.

These workshops are designed to be fun and interactive and allow hands-on participation by the girls (remember this is not school!). Past presentations have ranged from investigating infrared energy, magnetism, weather, archeology, insects, robotics, architecture, computer science, and more! Assistants and helpers can be anyone who wants to help (undergraduates, grad students, post-docs, faculty), but we would prefer that presenters be graduate students, post-docs, or faculty; however, exceptions may be made.


Past outreach events have included:

 

Volunteer with I Have a Dream’s College Week!

June 1-3 and 7-9 we will be assisting with I Have a Dream’s College week.  June 1-3 will host elementary school aged kids while June 7-9 will host middle school.  Between 12:30 and 2 we will be showing students how fun science and engineering can be through a series of activities put together by the WISE outreach committee and we need you guys to assist with carrying out these activities!  New students will come to our room each day and will be split into three groups to rotate through each activity during the hour and a half that we host them.

7th annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Health Odyssey

This event is where science, engineering, and health collide for kids!  The proceeds from the event benefit Healthy Learning Paths nonprofit that empowers children to lead healthy and happy lives and honors Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter, a champion for the health of all children. On Sunday, April 10th, 2016, at the 1ST BANK CENTER in Broomfield, CO, WiSE will be hosting an interactive booth at the event to reach out the community with fun STEM-based activities. Please contact Tess Eidem at tess.eidem@colorado.edu for more information or to volunteer.

Expanding Your Horizons 2016

WiSE is teaming up with the American Association of University Women for the second year to help with the Expanding Your Horizons Event. This STEM-based outreach event is catered to middle school-aged girls, and will take place on Saturday April 2nd, 2016 at the CU Boulder campus. We are looking for presenters to give a fun, hands-on, STEM-based activity, and we are also looking for guides, who will take the girls from class to class. Please contact Tess Eidem at tess.eidem@colorado.edu for more information or to volunteer.

Portal to the Public

WiSE members participated in the CU Boulder Portal to the Public event at the Boulder Public Library on October 24th, 2015. Portal to the Public is a national network that connects the public with the scientific research being conducted in their communities. Hosted by CU Science Discovery, these CU Science Ambassadors stepped out of their offices and laboratories to present fun, hands-on activities that represent different aspects of their research. Contact Tess Eidem at tess.eidem@colorado.edu for opportunities to volunteer as a CU Science Ambassador in the spring of 2016.

 

June 2015:

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Group is teaming up with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation to help with an outreach event for low income youth in the 2nd-5th grades. This event is designed to encourage disadvantaged students to go to college by allowing them to experience the university setting and interact with people who have pursued higher degrees. The outreach event runs from Monday June 8th to Thursday June 11th from 12:30 PM-2 PM each day, and will be held at CU Boulder’s main campus, with the location to be determined.

The workshop will have 30-40 students in the 2nd-5th grades. Students will be split up into three groups of 10-15 and will rotate between three activities, each led by 1-2 volunteers. These ~20 min activities will be 1) Crime Scene Investigation: Fingerprinting, 2) Patient Zero: How do Epidemics Spread? and 3) Fun with Circuits. All curricula and materials will be provided.

Each workshop will consist of the same activities every day, but the students will change. Volunteers can teach the same workshop activity all week or teach different activities throughout the week; the more volunteers the better! This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to get experience teaching and reaching out to the community.


 

 

Expanding Your Horizons Flyer (1)

January 2015:

The Women in Science Group is teaming up with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to help with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on February 28, 2015 from 8:30 AM-3 PM at the Engineering Center on the CU Boulder campus. This conference is designed to encourage middle school girls to explore and study STEM fields by allowing them to interact with women who use these disciplines in their careers. Each year this conference hosts ~250 girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

We are currently looking for assistants and presenters to volunteer for these fun and interactive workshops. Assistants will aid the presenters in each workshop, as well as escort students, and help with basic conference tasks. Each presenter will develop a 50-min workshop designed for a class of 12 girls, and the presenter will give this workshop three times throughout the conference. These workshops are designed to be fun and interactive and allow hands-on participation by the girls (remember this is not school!). Past presentations have ranged from investigating infrared energy, magnetism, weather, archeology, insects, robotics, architecture, computer science, and more!

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs to spend a day getting experience teaching and reaching out to the community, as well as networking with other women in the STEM fields. If you are interested in being an assistant or an instructor, please fill out the survey by Friday, December 19th.

If you have any questions, please contact Tess Eidem at tess.eidem@colorado.edu

Deadline for becoming a volunteer is January 5, 2015.

 


Spring 2015:

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The Science Discovery Program at CU Boulder offers a variety of science events and classes for ages 5-18. They are currently looking for graduate students and post-docs to teach their half-day, week-long summer classes. If you are interested, please send a short resume to Anjali Maus (anjali.maus@colorado.edu) detailing your subject expertise and experience with children. Please also include your availability between June 1-26 and July 6-Aug 14 (by week and also AM and/or PM). Teaching assistant positions for undergrads will be open in mid-February, for those of you who are interested please contact Anjali then. For more information about the Science Discovery Program, please visit http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/

 

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