The Science Fair Mentoring Project gearing up for its fourth year promoting and supporting students with participation in the STEAM Expo (science fair). The program will continue to mentor third and fourth graders at Neveln and Banfield Elementary Schools and offer science fair support through partnerships with The Austin Public Library and Adult Basic Education.
In the three previous years, this program has exposed 550 Austin elementary students to science through events at Riverland Community College, mentored 161 students with participating in the Steam Expo (science fair), and provided transportation and support for 52 students to participate in the Regional Science Fair in Mankato.
For the in-school program at Neveln, students will attend a kick-off event at Riverland Community College on October 25, 27 and November 3. Faculty volunteers from the college will lead students through experiments designed to introduce them to the scientific method.
Students who participate in the program will then be able to learn about local scientists active in various fields in an event called Meet the Scientists.
Mentors will then work with the students at Neveln and Banfield from November to February to help them complete experiments and prepare a presentation for the STEAM Expo, scheduled for February 23, 2018 at IJ Holton Intermediate School in Austin. All experimental supplies are provided to students who participate in this program at no cost to their families.
The number of volunteers is the only limiting factor in our ability to work with students. The more volunteers we have, the more students we can help. This is your opportunity to inspire the next generation of surgeons, cancer research scientists, inventors, and innovators. No special knowledge of science is needed. The main requirement is an interest in helping a child learn and grow. We provide training and support for all mentors. All mentoring sessions are structured to help mentors support students. Volunteer as your schedule allows.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering with this program, please contact Catherine Haslag, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the program’s website at www.sciencefairmentoring.org or follow it on Facebook or Twitter (@SFMPMN).
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