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 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 to be announced.

 

Spring 2018 Session 3 will take place at King Middle School, February 8th - March 23rd, with a one week gap (February 15/16).

Spring 2018 Session 4 will take place at Longfellow Middle School, March 13th - May 1st, 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 a double lab period, twice as many mentors needed

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

 

Week: 

Date: (Thurs./Fri.)Description:
1February 8/9Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
 February 15/16GAP WEEK for President's Day
2February 22/23Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
3March 1/2Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4March 8/9Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
5March 15/16Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6March 22/23Students present findings, connection to real world science

 


Volunteers commit to mentor students for at least one 48-minute lab period on Tuesdays:

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

 

*** TENTATIVE SCHEDULE, TO BE CONFIRMED ***

Week: 

Date: (Tuesdays)Description:
1March 13Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2March 20Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
 

March 27            April 3

GAP WEEKS for BUSD and UCB Spring Breaks
3April 10Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4April 17Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
5April 24 Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6May 1Students present findings, connection to real world science


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