7th Graders Get to 'Be A Scientist'

UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and 3rd/4th year undergraduates are invited to participate in the Be A Scientist program where you will serve as STEM role models for 7th graders in the Berkeley community. Your mentorship will support 7th grade students as they design, carry out, and report on their own independent scientific investigations. Throughout this process you will gain experience in science outreach and working with middle school students, develop your science communication skills, and inspire the next generation of scientists!

You will provide guidance to a group of 4-6 seventh graders in their science class once per week over a 6-week period, helping these students frame a testable question, design an appropriate experiment, analyze their data, and present their results. Each student will choose an independent scientific question to explore.  Volunteers make a commitment to visit the classroom for one 90-minute class per week for a total of six visits (Session 4 at Longfellow has an adapted curriculum, volunteers commit to one 48-minute class per week for four visits and one 90-minute class for two visits)

For the first time, we are also accommodating Longfellow's two total-immersion Spanish periods, so we will be running Be A Scientist in Spanish for periods 3 & 4 at Longfellow! If you are fluent in Spanish, please sign up for these periods as we have a great need for Spanish-speaking scientists!


New volunteers to BAS (or returning volunteers that are new to Longfellow) are required to attend a mandatory training session that will prepare them for working with middle school students, including guidance on developing manageable yet engaging scientific investigations, and how the program differs in Longfellow. This program follows a detailed week-by-week plan, and volunteers receive clear information about weekly goals and in-class activities in order to be successful in their mentorship roles. Training sessions will be held on the UC Berkeley campus in the weeks prior to the start of each session.

 

Spring 2018 Session 3 will take place at King Middle School, February 1st - March 15th, with a one week gap (February 15/16). This session is now full!

Spring 2018 Session 4 will take place at Longfellow Middle School, February 27th - April 17th, with a two week gap (March 27/April 3). 

 

The Be A Scientist project is a collaboration between Community Resources for Science, UC Berkeley Professor Mary Wildermuth, and the Berkeley Public Schools Fund.

 

Volunteers commit to mentor students for at least one 90-minute lab period on a Thursday or Friday:

** denotes two simultaneous classes being taught, twice as many mentors needed

Class periods: Thursdays Fridays
Period 18:45am - 10:24am FULLPeriod 28:45am - 10:24am FULL
Period 310:30am - 11:59am FULLPeriod 410:30am - 11:59am FULL
Period 51:36pm - 3:05pm ** FULLPeriod 61:36pm - 3:05pm FULL

 

Week: 

Date: (Thurs./Fri.)Description:
1February 1/2Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2February 8/9

Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed

 February 15/16GAP WEEK for President's Day
3February 22/23Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4March 1/2Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
5March 8/9Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6March 15/16Students present findings, connection to real world science

 


Volunteers commit to mentor students for at least one 48-minute lab period on Tuesdays for Weeks 1, 2, 5, and 6, and one 90-minute lab period on Tuesday or Thursday for Weeks 3 & 4:

** denotes a total-immersion Spanish language lab period, Spanish-speaking mentors needed!

Class periods: Tuesdays 
Period 19:17am - 10:05am FULL
Period 210:09am - 10:57am FULL
Period 311:01am - 11:49am ** FULL
Period 411:53am - 12:41pm **
Period 51:25pm - 2:13pm FULL
Period 62:17pm - 3:05pm

 

*** BLOCK SCHEDULE for Weeks 3 & 4, denotes periods 1/3/5 on Tuesday and periods 2/4/6 on Thursday, 90-minute lab period ***

Week: 

Date: (Tuesdays)Description:
1February 27Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2March 6Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
3

March 13/15 **

Tuesday/Thursday

Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments

period 1 (Tuesday) and period 2 (Thursday) 9:17am - 10:57am

period 3 (Tuesday) and period 4 (Thursday) 11:01am - 12:41pm

period 5 (Tuesday) and period 6 (Thursday) 1:25pm - 3:05pm
4

March 20/22 **

Tuesday/Thursday

Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data

period 1 (Tuesday) and period 2 (Thursday) 9:17am - 10:57am

period 3 (Tuesday) and period 4 (Thursday) 11:01am - 12:41pm

period 5 (Tuesday) and period 6 (Thursday) 1:25pm - 3:05pm
 March 27            April 3GAP WEEKS for BUSD and UCB Spring Breaks
5April 10 Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6April 17Students present findings, connection to real world science


Please contact Darlene Yan at BASprogram@crscience.org if you have questions.