Bay Area Volunteering
You can't (and shouldn't) do science all day, every day—allocate some time to give back to your community. This page highlights some of the volunteer opportunities that Berkeley grad students are involved in.
Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)
Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is a science and engineering volunteer program for public elementary schools in Berkeley, Oakland, and West Contra Costa County. We offer teachers and students an opportunity to interact with real-life scientists and engineers as well as dig in to hands-on science and engineering activities! Volunteers learn how to communicate science to a broader audience and spread their love of science. The goals of BASIS are to connect a diverse range of scientist volunteers to elementary and middle school students and teachers, to inspire students with examples of real-world science careers and issues, to engage students in hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences, and to create effective teaching links between scientists and public elementary schools.
Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM)
BEAM is a UC Berkeley DeCal course open to all majors. It is centered around weekly hands-on, project-based science lessons at Berkeley and Oakland schools for K-12, but primarily in elementary classes. Mentors visit the same class each week for 1-1.5 hours, enabling them to build relationships with the students over time. Each mentor team is on the order of 5 people. The lessons are designed by students on the BEAM Curriculum Team, and are explained to the mentors during the DeCal each week before the classroom visit. The lessons are open-source and available on the BEAM website. The high school sites are done differently, with two 5-week long projects over the course of the semester. For example, the Spring 2015 high school projects are a Rube Goldberg Machine and an Arduino car.
Community Resources for Science (CRS)
“Getting kids excited about science is easy! CRS helps teachers build on that enthusiasm.”
Techinspiration/ SMART Program
SMART provides highly motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and social support services in order to foster academic excellence and community engagement. The program offers both short term and long term volunteer activities.
SEED (K-12 Educational Outreach)
From an email sent by Danny Hellebusch (email@example.com) on 2012.01.09:
Read more about the SEED program on the official site.
Girls Science Institute
Girls Science Institute is one of a number of summer day camps run by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The camps are one week long and focused on science and engineering topics. They need female engineers to volunteer for one or more full days during the summer. As a volunteer, you introduce yourself and your engineering interest to the group of girls (ages 10-12), and then interact with them during the rest of the day's activities, which typically include design and construction of an engineering project. You get some money for lunch and once completed, one free pass to the Exploratorium. It's a great opportunity to share your passion for engineering and hang around the Exploratorium. The program leaders are also very excellent and very nice!
Read more about the Girls Science Institute on the official site.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: http://www.parksconservancy.org/help/volunteer/