STEM Mentors & Role Models
Girls in STEM is created and implemented by an all-girl instructional team and assisted by successful female volunteers. Together we share our own stories of struggle, challenge, and success, and stand as real-world examples of what women can accomplish.
Spend a day volunteering at the Keystone Science School with local and visiting 3rd through 8th grade students.
Programming includes teambuilding exercises, hands-on engineering projects and learning to navigate the complicated design process. Additionally, staff and volunteers will lead students in reflection on female motivation and leadership in the STEM fields.
Volunteer Role Models must be at least 16 years of age and commit to the morning or full day of programming. Hours of programming may vary, but many of our Girls in STEM day programs run 10am-5pm, with similar volunteer hours. Curriculum is sent the week of the program so volunteers can become familiar with the daily activities and schedule.
Breakfast and lunch is typically provided. We also like volunteers to meet with program facilitators or review the curriculum before programming to collaborate on lesson planning, implementation and to have materials before the day of the event.
Role Models will be asked to...
- Help facilitate STEM activities and teambuilding.
- Act as a resource for student questions and inquiry (both about the STEM challenges and potential STEM careers).
- Share enthusiasm and excitement about STEM studies and careers.
- Motivate and encourage students in all activities.
What does it mean to be a Girls in STEM mentor?
Watch DiscoverE's Being an Effective Volunteer on YouTube.
Check out the article about one of our mentors and her influence featured in tech century (PDF).