Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for West End Children's Festival

Saturday, August 21, noon - 4pm. West End complex (If you lived here, you'd be home right now.) Will do model bridges/human bridges with Iron Man, balloon towers, water testing, storybook reading and build your dream castle with Tinker Bell. Future City will have a table, also. We will be next to MWRA and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Free parking, tons of fun, and plenty to eat. Theme this year is "International Flavors" so the food should be better than ever. Volunteer with

Need TInker Bell and Iron Man -- have costumes!

Design Squad event in Fenway Park, Aug 27
Design Squad, PBS’ reality engineering show, will be taking part in the Boston Public Schools Middle O event at Fenway this year and we’re looking for volunteers to help do a Design Squad activity with kids. This will be a great chance to hang out at Fenway, meet some fellow engineers and engineering students and do fun hands-on activities! Here are the details:

Friday, August 27th, 5 to 7:30 PM
Volunteer shift: 4:15 to 7:30 PM (any help with clean-up would also be greatly appreciated!)

We will be doing the Design Squad Pop Fly activity with 6th graders who will be entering a BPS middle school this fall.

You! And any other engineers or engineering students you know who want to help get kids excited about engineering!

If you’d like to volunteer (or if you have questions) please email Margot Sigur, Outreach Production Coordinator at WGBH, at If you have friends or colleagues who you think would enjoy this, please forward this email along to them! We’ll provide you with snacks and a Design Squad T-shirt in exchange for your help on this event.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

IRobot - SPARK Ambassador Intern Position

SPARK Ambassador - Intern Position - STEM Outreach Program

iRobot delivers innovative robots that are making a difference in people’s lives. From cleaning floors to disarming explosives, we constantly strive to find better ways to tackle dull, dirty and dangerous missions—with better results.
SPARK (Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge) is iRobot’s educational outreach program to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for students in kindergarten through college.

Location: Based in Bedford, MA; requires travel throughout MA

We seek an outgoing, energetic Intern to represent SPARK as part of a program called “20 in 20.” The position is for approximately 100 hours spread over the course of 5 months, primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For this role we are looking for a personable, enthusiastic team player who is willing to travel to 20 selected schools throughout Massachusetts to give interactive robot presentations. The ideal candidate must be comfortable talking to large groups of students ranging from ages 5-18. iRobot will provide presentation material and training. After completing training, this individual must be able to make these robotics demonstrations fun and exciting to students. The candidate must have a “can-do” attitude and act as a positive role model while visiting schools.
This position offers a unique opportunity to inspire thousands of students throughout the state, exciting them about robotics and STEM education.

• Working towards a Masters and/or Bachelor’s degree
• Public speaking abilities in front of children
• Creative and able to think on their feet
• High energy with children
• Ability to work with a team
• Familiar with social networking including Twitter and Facebook
• Flexible schedule during school hours (7am-4pm)
• Valid driver’s license and vehicle
• Pass a CORI background check
• US Citizen or green card holder
• Some familiarity with robotics (either through school or as an outside interest) is preferred
• A major in education, robotics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or other related field is a plus

Please e-mail resume to Kristin Coyle,, with “SPARK Ambassador” in the Subject line.

Welcome to the Center for STEM Education's K-12 Outreach Blog!

WHO WE ARE: The Center for STEM Education is a Northeastern center focused on increasing opportunities and awareness in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for students, especially those from backgrounds currently underrepresented in these careers. We work closely with our community to accomplish this goal, and have many volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the schools and communities in which we work.
VOLUNTEERING: Whether you are passionate about enhancing math and science education for K-12 students, want to get more involved in your community, or just want to fulfill some required volunteer hours, you've come to the right place! Read about our upcoming volunteer opportunities in the blog below, and then click on the link for the event in the right-hand column to register. We offer both ongoing and one-day volunteer opportunities, and new events are being added all of the time. We encourage you to also use this blog to discuss your current service experiences with other students at NU!

We also encourage you to refer to the resources provided to gain a deeper understanding of your role as a volunteer and the community that you will be serving.