Volunteer to be a grant reviewer, judge a STEM competition, or mentor a team.
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Go to the Sample listing of STEM Volunteer Activities at the bottom of this page to view the many ways to volunteer and make a difference.
Dates: Year Round
Hour of Code
Dates: December 3-9, 2024
Idaho STEM Action Center is seeking company volunteers to help with 1-2 hours of coding in classrooms during Computer Science Education Week.
Help inspire students by introducing them to the breadth of possibilities in computer science. CS Ed Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science and celebrate contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field. Hour of Code events coincide with international Computer Science Education Week and offer a one-hour introduction to computer science and the basics of coding via fun tutorials through Hour of Code. Idaho STEM Action Center connects teams of at least 2-3 people from companies to go into schools and do coding with students for 1-2 hours. Teams can choose elementary, junior high or high school to support. There is no prior coding experience required. Your team will be connected to a grade level that matches your interest and ability. In addition to introductory coding opportunities, there are opportunities to support more advanced coding in the upper grades. Companies will be matched to schools in and around the communities where they live and work and may select the hours they are available for volunteering. We encourage volunteers to help build awareness during Computer Science Education Week by connecting to our media and social media efforts.
Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs
Dates: Spring 2024
The Idaho Science & Engineering Fair is a competition for 9th-12th grade high school students in which they conduct an academic research project aligned to their interests. Each spring the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners present 3 regional fairs: Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (EISEF), Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (WISEF), and Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (NISEF) in which students present their findings.
Judging is an extremely important part of the fair, and is one of the most valuable experience for our students. We definitely appreciate your willingness to participate in this process. All information will be kept confidential and will be used only for the purposes of operating the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs.
Previous experience in judging science fairs at the local, state, or national level is helpful, but not required. Please review the judging criteria and requirements before registering.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiology
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Earth, Environmental, and Plants
- Math, Computer Science, and Embedded Systems
- Physical Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials, etc…)
Visit webpage for more information: https://stem.idaho.gov/idsef/
IDX – Idaho Exhibition of Ideas
March 8, 2024
Location: Regionals & State
Idaho STEM Action Center is seeking judges for Regional Student Showcases. During a showcase, teams of 4-6 students in 5th-9th grade present a solution idea to a real-world challenge incorporating 3D design and printing technology. Each year has a challenge theme such as: equity and accessibility for the visually impaired, travel safety, and natural resources. Student submissions consist of a 3D-printed prototype, exhibit, 5-minute presentation and one-page website detailing their design process. Judges are responsible for reviewing student submissions and assigning scores according to a rubric (view the rubric here). Judges should be available from 10am-4pm on the date of the competition, as well as be able to complete review team websites a few days ahead of time. A catered lunch is provided. We are seeking judges who: Have practical experience in a STEM or design-related field Can serve as a positive role model for young people interested in STEM Can communicate effectively and compassionately with students aged 10-15.
Find Other Volunteer Opportunities In Your Community As They Happen Throughout the Year
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After putting in your zip code find the “Sort by” drop down and select “Location”. This will show ongoing needs that don’t have a specific date.
Or from the top menu select “Organizations” and search for “stem education” to show many organizations that may have needs in either STEM and/or Education but have not listed them.
Increase your Search Distance and click the Show More button to increase the number of selections.
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Find volunteer opportunities in your Neighborhood using VolunteerMatch.
There is a drop down usually showing as “Near Me & New” change this to “Distance”
Search for “STEM” or “Education” but not both at once.
You can toggle between “All” or “Virtual” opportunity types.
If you want to save a profile the “STEM” skill is found under “Education & Literacy”. You can also filter under Cause Areas for the same.
Give Your Time and Talent
Whether you have a lot of time to give or a few hours, you can support STEM learning.
- Behind the Scenes with Event Setup or Grant Review
- Table Top Demonstrations at Career Days or STEM Days
- Guest Speaker or Field Trip Leader
- Competition Judge or Planning Committee Member
- Weekly Classroom Volunteer
- Project or Competition Team Mentor
- Student Internship or Teacher Externship Host
STEM Volunteers are Important STEM Role Models
Role Models are very important in showing students where they might fit in the STEM world. Mentors are role models that are available to students for questions and interaction. Community-based mentors are able to reinforce concepts that students are learning about and provide guidance for how to react to obstacles or setbacks.
Guest speakers usually provide some type of presentation, but they may also just be there for an event such as Hour of Code. Sometimes mentors are involved in student individual or group projects which means they are involved for longer periods of time, sometimes stretching over months such as FIRST robotics. Very quick interactions happen with table hosts at family STEM fairs and conferences. Some businesses are able to host tours and even small conferences.
Virtual mentoring allows mentors to provide expertise without having to schedule time away from the office. Interaction with a virtual or in-person mentor in an educational setting can be the spark that convinces students to work toward their own STEM based career.
|Mind your Peas and Qs
Prepare a school/career path story of how you got to your present position.
Practice with the technology if this is a virtual visit.
|Engage in Tasks
|Mentors should not be standing at the wall, sitting in a chair, or just chatting with a teacher. You should be troubleshooting. Don’t wait for kids to ask for help.
|Active Capacity Building
|If a team is working on a project your job as a mentor is to help students to think through problems and not to necessarily know the answer yourself. If you know a student has solved an issue that another student or group is having then you may ask them to come over and help.
|Mentors follow-up on topic with the teacher and take a selfie to send back to students from your workplace.
|Question for Explanations
|Stay away from questions like “How is it Going?” because it can be answered with one word. Instead check in with groups of students asking questions such as “what’s going wrong or right?” or “How did you decide on this solution?”.
With an Educator
- In Classroom
- Guest Speakers
- Project Mentors
- Out of School
- Career Days
- Science Fairs
- Family STEM Nights
- Hour of Code
- STEM Day at the Fair
- School Level
- Setup & Logistics
- Grant Reviewers
- Grant Writers
- Grant Writing Trainers
- Co-Op Education Jobs
- Job Shadow
- Facility Tours
- Educator Externships
Educator Professional Development
- District Presentations
- i-STEM Presenters
- State Committees
- Regional Hub Committees
- State/Regional Events