K12 Volunteer & Student Opportunities

Please send any updates or requests for postings to Lina Janavicius Morales.

MIT Club of Boston

MITCOB coordinator for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award.   This person would interface with MIT and contact the chosen teachers (and the students who nominated them) and present the awards at our annual meeting (tentatively May 23).

MITCOB coordinator for SEPT (Science and Engineering Program for Teachers.  This person would interface with MIT's SEPT program and help solicit nominations and contact teachers as needed.

MITCOB K12 volunteer coordinator.  This person would follow up with existing and potential K12 volunteers and keep this page up to date.

MITCOB K12 parent and student resource coordinator.  This person would create a web page with learning and competition opportunities for students and links for parents.

FIRST Robotics Competition Reception tour guides for Saturday March 24 at BU.  Please contact Ryan Lester.

MITCOB FIRST informational meeting coordinator.  This person would arrange for community meetings where parents and others could learn about starting a FIRST team.

MIT Museum
They are looking for volunteers who can talk about the science and technology they do now, or current research at MIT, discuss exhibits or objects in the Museum that are of particular interest to them, or even give gallery or exhibit tours.

Cambridge Science Festival Trivia Challenge
They are always looking for more questions and more teams to join in the competition.

Prof. Colbert's K12 Volunteer and Student Opportunities

1. EduTech, through its SNPS division, has a received a grant for its “Math is 4 Girls” program. The program is hosted at a school in Lynn. 30 middle school girls from Boston and Lynn learn math fundamentals in order to complete pre-engineering curricula. Rotating female mentors are needed from 3:30-5:30pm once a week (TBD) at the Lynn site. Mentors are needed to teach groups of 4-6 girls and accompany them on math and science field trips 2-3 times between now and when the program ends on June 15th. Mentors and matching sponsorship is still needed. Professor Colbert can be contacted at ufafanusi@yahoo.com for more information.

2. The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe), the local chapter, is forming a chemistry team. A team of 2-4 high school students would compete in the September 27th competition in Washington D.C. The teams study alternate weeks on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings. Mentors are needed in Boston and/or Cambridge from 3:00-5:00pm Tuesday and Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Any student interested in the chemistry competition may apply. The final team and alternates will be selected in July. Study sessions will begin in April and continue through September. The location will be announced. Please contact Professor Colbert at ufafanusi@yahoo.com.

3. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will begin study sessions for its Try_Math_A_Lon jeopardy style competition in mid July. High school teams of 4 students from across the country meet for the national competition after winning local and regional contests. Massachusetts teams compete with others from Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont in the local competition held at Northeastern University in October. Mentors are needed for the study sessions to be held on Saturday mornings from 11am-1pm, location TBD. NSBE collegiate and alumni members are willing to support up to 4 teams. Mentors will be needed through the February regional competition if a Massachusetts team wins the local competition at NEU. Contact Professor Colbert at ufafanusi@yahoo.com.

4. Science Nation Project School is seeking financial sponsorship for its Amusement Park Physics, Science Girls Rock and Engineering Summer programs. Contact Professor Colbert at ufafanusi@yahoo.com for more information.

Acera School
Molly Swanson has started an independent school in Melrose for gifted and talented students in the Boston area.  It is currently K-7 and will expand to K-12 in the upcoming years.  Volunteers are needed for annual tournaments for their team-based problem solving competition called Destination Imagination.

Tutoring Plus
Bonny Kellermann talked about opportunities to volunteer at Tutoring Plus, an organization that provides tutoring and enrichment experiences for disadvantaged students in Cambridge. Interested people can contact Bonny.

Sustainable Learning
Sustainable Learning is a  non-profit in Cambridge with a mission to realign the K-12math curriculum to better meet the needs of 21st century jobs and careers.  We need an army of STEM professionals and K-12 teachers to crowd-source and create 100,000 “Problems  with Left Answers” over the next decade.  The present K-12 math  curriculum is over-burdened with skills and tasks that are outdated and woefully short of the skills for quantitative reasoning and modeling skills that ARE needed.  Please see more at www.WhatIfMath.org .

Updated Apr. 26, 2012 by Lina Morales