The BAS (Be A Scientist) program is in need for STEM volunteer mentors right now for Spring 2019! We are excited to continue our program in all three middle schools in Berkeley, starting with our session at Longfellow for which we have a special need for Spanish-language mentors!
Below, you will find details about Be A Scientist for Spring 2019. Could you please forward the following message to the graduates, undergraduates, and postdocs (if any) in your department? If you have access to a bulletin board where this information can be posted as well, I would greatly appreciate it. We will be distributing flyers around campus shortly and will try to visit you!
This is a rare opportunity for every 7th grader in the Berkeley Unified School District to experience a hands-on science experiment in a small group with individual attention and guidance from a Cal scientist mentor, thanks to your help! Spots fill up fast, so please help us to spread the word widely!
Be A Scientist: Inspire 7th graders to discover their inner scientist!
We invite UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and motivated 3rd/4th year undergrads to take part in Be A Scientist, an exciting science outreach program in Berkeley middle schools! The upcoming semester is as follows:
Spring 2019 Session 3 will take place at Longfellow Middle School (January 29 – March 12). Spanish-language mentors especially needed for 2 periods!
Spring 2019 Session 4 will take place at King Middle School (March 14/15 – May 2/3, with gap weeks for BUSD/UCB Spring Breaks March 28/April 4).
As a volunteer scientist mentor, you will guide 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigations in class over a 6-week period (7 weeks at Longfellow). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to serve as a STEM role model while developing your communication skills and gaining hands-on experience in important science outreach.
· Mentors must commit to one mandatory 2-hr Training Session: On-campus trainings are offered in the weeks before the start of each session. Training dates/times/locations TBA
· Commit to attend one school lab period each week for the 6-week program (schedule program dates here). Longfellow’s program runs for 7 weeks.
· Guide 4-6 student mentees through the process of developing a testable question, designing an appropriate experiment, and gathering and analyzing data. Each student in your group will have the opportunity to choose an independent scientific question based on their own interests.
Please carefully read over the details provided in the attached flyer and on our website. Sign up as a mentor to make an impact on future scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers!