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Oregon Astrophysics Outreach offers Scientific Inquiry based (data driven) programs for individual K-16 classrooms and also for K-12 teachers and future teachers. The programs incorporate a variety of STEM activities and topics and feature content and data about astrophysical objects, phenomena, and/or observing/measuring technologies such as telescopes and digital cameras (CCDs). Programs are generally outlined and include illustrations in Powerpoint presentations about a variety of Astrophysical topics. Activities include recording, measuring, and/or analyzing data. Presenters need to be familiar with basic Physics and Chemistry, current details of Sun-Earth-Moon system, Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe, Telescopes, Spectroscopes, Photometers, and CCD cameras, and with how to lead a lesson using the Socratic Method of drawing out ideas, concepts, and conclusions from the students. I have several stock demo items and props available to illustrate features of the Universe and applicable properties of physics, mostly about photons and gravity. I’ve been visiting classrooms all around Oregon for 23 years, I’m the prime program developer and presenter. I’m looking for students or teachers interested in learning how to make these presentations, you will travel a lot and also meet many interesting people.
CWOSE is the regional ISEF affiliated fair for Middle and High School students interested in Science and Engineering in Yamhill, Marion, Linn, Benton, Tillamook, Polk, Lane, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine, and Jackson Counties. CWOSE’s first year was 2004.
The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a collaborative, community-based learning program housed in the Environmental Studies Program. We match student teams with non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and businesses to address local environmental needs. Within our Environmental Education track, you have any opportunity to develop and implement interdisciplinary, experiential, place-based environmental education. Most teaching opportunities focus on elementary or middle-school children in the Eugene and surrounding areas. You’ll gain professional training, while local youth gain knowledge, skills, and inspiration to protect local ecosystems.
The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program pairs adults in the community (UO students, other college students, community members) with teens and preteens to meet once a week during the school year at lunchtime for conversation, sharing, and support. Middle school students are referred to the program and generally are youth who are at risk for any of a number of reasons—living in poverty (including homelessness and living in transitional housing), being bullied, having a difficult time at home, for example). Mentors must commit to the full school year (we follow the UO schedule), pass a criminal background check, and take part in a training session. For more information, please contact Anne Bridgman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mad Duck program started in the 2011-2012 school year in response to teacher furlough days caused by state-wide budget cuts. Furlough days have resulted in fewer school days, and the Mad Duck program was instituted in order to emphasize science education. Hamlin Middle School was chosen for the pilot program as many of the students live below the poverty line. Up to 25 middle school students at a time come to the University of Oregon for hands-on science activities on Furlough Fridays. These activities not only allow students to see themselves as scientists, but also allow students to see themselves going to college. After the students have graduated from middle school, they come back and help mentor a new class of Mad Duck Scientists under the supervision of University of Oregon graduate students. Students learn through both question-based inquiry and hands-on experiments. The program is interdisciplinary with modules covering a broad spectrum of scientific themes.
“In the spring and fall of each year, Mount Pisgah Arboretum offers a free training program for volunteers interested in becoming nature guides for elementary school children in our community. The goal of this program is to make students’ classroom science education come alive out on the trails and reconnect them to the natural world.”
North Eugene High Robotics Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer as a mentor who could help guide the robotics team in the various aspects of the build (programming, wiring, building, designing, fundraising, marketing).
The University of Oregon Opportunities Program is looking for students interested in doing outreach to underrepresented families of Latino, Native American and African American backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to connect with families in the community to encourage prospective students to pursue careers in STEM related fields.
UO SACNAS exists to create a supportive scientific community at the University of Oregon. SACNAS stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; however, our goal is to encourage students of all backgrounds to pursue a career in any STEM field. We are here to help you in anyway that we can!
“SAIL (Summer Academy to Inspire Learning) offers free annual summer camps to high school students who qualify, and aims to increase student enrollment and success in college through academic mentoring with UO students and community members.”
Exhibit Guides: Our volunteer educators work whenever the museum is open: on weekends, on no-school days, during field trips, and at numerous special events. In just one 90-minute session, we will train you on the basics of interacting with visitors and give you all of the information you need to be a kid-science expert. Your time commitment is flexible, and can be as little as 6 hours per month. Spend time at the museum or off-site at special events around town.
Planetarium Presenters: Reach for the stars with us! We’re looking for volunteers to assist in the Exploration Dome, our planetarium and full /dome digital theater. Volunteers will collect tickets, welcome visitors to the shows, and run the digital A/V equipment for each show. Experienced volunteers can work with our planetarium director to develop their own live presentations. The Exploration Dome has several shows every weekend, plus occasional weekday shows for school field trip groups and the public. Knowledge of astronomy is strongly desired.
Camp Assistant: The Science Factory runs nine weeks of summer camps that serve more than 300 kids from ages 3 to 14. We need counselors in every classroom, every day. Join us for one week, or for the whole summer. You will assist the teachers in delivering fun, hands-on lessons and lead the kids through lunch and recess activities.
“Meet a Scientist Day” Volunteer: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM. We are looking for representatives from every University science department (and at every level from professor to undergrad) to share some aspect of their scientific field with our visitors. Events are well-attended. We encourage submissions of all types, including conference-style posters, hands-on activities, and lecture/demonstrations in the planetarium. Your presentation might represent your own research, or something more general from your field of science (a demonstration or product) that you would enjoy showing off to visitors. Since many of our visitors are families with small children, presentations with hands-on (tangible) or highly visual components are ideal. If interested, please fill out the short form at http://tinyurl.com/sfuoday by January 16th. If you are not sure about how to turn your research interests into a public presentation format, please do not hesitate to contact Nick Spicher, Education Director, at email@example.com
All volunteers can sign up by filling out our online application at tinyurl.com/sfvolunteers.
Science Instructional Coach
Are you a science major, interested in teaching? Apply today to be a science instructional coach and get real-world experience before you graduate!
The Science Literacy Program seeks talented, motivated, and hard-working Undergraduate SLP scholars who will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology, or Physics) to help co-teach a general education course for non-science majors. The program offers outstanding opportunities to assist with course development, lecture/activity preparation and presentation, and in-class demonstrations. Scholars also participate in the weekly Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club to learn more about scientific teaching and evidence-based pedagogy.
The Science on Demand (SoD) program provides fun science activities and demonstrations targeted at K-8 children. SoD volunteer instructors provide fun hands on activities at partner organizations like schools and libraries, lead after school science clubs and present high impact demonstrations in public venues. Volunteer opportunities include developing activities, leading activities, mentoring students and assisting program operations. Volunteer positions can lead to paid student jobs. The goal of SoD is to excite children about science and to help UO students develop skills in sharing science with the public.
The SPICE program provides fun, hands on science camps for middle school aged girls. SPICE volunteers lead high-impact science activities, develop new activities, and assist with program operations. The goal of SPICE is to encourage more girls to pursue STEM education and careers by helping them develop strong identities as scientists. Wide ranges of volunteer opportunities are available.
Springfield Public Schools Tutoring
Springfield School District is recruiting math and science tutors from the U of O Physics, Chemistry, Math and Ed departments to work at Springfield High School. The positions are paid ($15/hour) by SPS through a grant obtained in partnership with STEM CORE. Last year SPS employed up to 12 high functioning tutors per term in math and science classrooms, resource rooms and after school, from mid-October to June, in an effort to help SHS students and teachers improve academic performance. The program was a great success and SHS is eager to continue what we began last year!
The Teaching and Learning Center offers a variety of opportunities for students in STEM fields. Please visit TLC’s main office in 68 PLC or go online for information about each program’s goals, events, applications, and eligibility criteria.
The Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program allows full-time juniors and seniors in any major area of study the opportunity to work as Research Fellows throughout the University of Oregon. Admission to the program is competitive. Accepted students will work as valued members of a research team and will be granted a tuition waiver for the academic year. This program is specifically designed to encourage undergraduates to continue their studies in graduate school with a commitment to research and the process of scientific inquiry. Admission to the program is based on the quality of a student’s application and personal statement (general focus, integration of activities, detailed planning), a student’s academic record, and faculty recommendations.
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Vivian Olum Child Development Center is a child care center providing services primarily to children of staff and faculty at the University of Oregon. We serve children ages 2 months to 11 years old in 7 different classrooms in our center which is open for full day care year round. We offer many opportunities for college student to get hands on experience in interacting and guiding children’s experiences. The Olum Center care-giving philosophy is based on the belief that children learn and develop best when adults listen and respond constructively to their interests and choices. Children’s self-direction is strongly encouraged with teachers closely observing and facilitating interactions with materials and peers. Each child’s individual needs and goals are considered within the broader framework of the Center’s educational tenets which include: a definition of children as competent people, helping to develop children’s awareness of the rights and needs of others, and facilitating children’s innate motivation to solve problems and understand their physical and social world. We value being a part of the University community and take advantage of the ability to connect our children to the work of the students and faculty. Older children enjoy field trips to the various labs, offices, and museums. Student opportunities include (but are not limited to)part time employment, volunteer and practicum placements, special presentations to individual classrooms or small groups, guiding or leading activities for small groups.
The Youth Enrichment/TAG Program invites you to apply for teaching and volunteer opportunities for after school clubs, Saturday Programs and Summer camps for grades K-8. All those with strong content knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm for STEM contact Rita Svanks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.346.1404. Our population of advanced and eager learners would welcome in-depth explorations!