Now that the kids are back in school, you might find yourself with a few extra hours here and there - even if you're working. I know, not many, but even those volunteering at your own kids' school can get involved. Science is Elementary is an elementary school science program where volunteers go into the classroom to teach fun (but educational) science lessons that kids wouldn't get otherwise. I don't think I have to tell you about the budgetary issues in California. And how kids in the U.S. are thought to be far beyond those in other countries in science education.
In their words, "Volunteer groups of engineers and scientists (1 adult per 5 children) bring "cool" hands-on experiments to the classroom and allow children to explore on their own while asking directed questions to guide their thought processes and investigations. Experiments draw on children’s everyday experiences to show them that science is all around them and is fun."
Science is Elementary is recruiting volunteers (mostly scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals, though I know a teacher who does it) for the upcoming school year. If you, or someone you know, could volunteer only TWO HOURS a month, it would make a huge difference in kids' lives. (Many jobs allow employees time off to do this kind of volunteer work). And the curriculum is already planned.
The schools involved are in Mountain View and Santa Clara. See the FAQ's about the program here.
Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested!
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