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 5-7 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, and analyze their data. Each student will choose an independent scientific question to explore. (In some classes students may work in pairs.) Volunteers make a commitment to visit the classroom for one 90-minute class per week for a total of six visits. 

Additionally, new volunteers 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. 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 two weeks prior to the start of each session - dates/times/locations are in the sign-up form below.

 

Fall 2017 Session 1 will take place at Willard Middle School, September 21st - October 27th.

Fall 2017 Session 2 will take place at King Middle School, October 5th - December 2nd, with a two week gap (Nov. 3rd/10th) and a 1 week gap for Thanksgiving (Nov. 23rd). 

 

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:

ALL LAB PERIODS ARE NOW FULL. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR SESSION 2 AT KING MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Class periods: Thursdays  Fridays
Period 19:20am - 10:55amPeriod 29:20am - 10:55am
Period 311:05am - 12:40pmPeriod 411:05am - 12:40pm
Period 51:16pm - 2:51pm  

 

 

Week: 

Date: (Thurs./Fri.)Description:
1September 21/22Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2September 28/29Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
3October 5/6Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4October 12/13Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
5October 19/20Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6October 26/27Students present findings, connection to real world science

 

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

 

Class periods: Thursdays  Fridays
     
Period 310:30am - 11:59pm  
  Period 61:36pm - 3:05pm

Week: 

Date: (Thursday/Friday)Description:
1October 5/6Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2October 12/13Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
3October 19/20Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4October 26/27Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
 

November 3 November 10

GAP WEEKS for BUSD PD and Veteran's Day
5November 16/17 Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
 November 23GAP WEEK for Thanksgiving
6Nov. 30/Dec. 1Students present findings, connection to real world science


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