Why Volunteer with CRS?

CRS volunteers gain a lot from our volunteer opportunities, and in turn, there are great benefits for both teachers and students:

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to share your passion for science and discovery, develop your communication and teaching skills, and get kids excited about science.

Students are inspired and discover the joys of science, and by interacting with you as a scientist role model, they can begin to envision themselves as scientists.

Teachers see how to teach science and engage their students in a whole new way and are motivated to incorporate more hands-on science in their teaching. 

  • In the 2014-15 school year, BASIS volunteers presented 528 classroom lessons. That's over 13,000 students who had the opportunity to interact with real scientists and engage in hands-on science!
  • 100% of teachers who had a BASIS lesson indicated on their evaluation that: "Observing my students’ engagement in the BASIS activity encouraged me to include more hands-on science activities in my classroom. "
  • 100% of teachers said that having the BASIS lesson "helped dispel student stereotypes of "who" is a scientist, showing that scientists are people of different genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds."
  • 100% of teachers said that their students, as a result of the BASIS lesson, "Grew more interested in science."

Check out what teachers, current volunteers, and the students themselves have to say about our volunteer program:

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Students

Students often write thank you notes to the scientists who visit their classrooms. Here are excerpts from some of the best ones!