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 48-minute class per week for a total of six visits.

Additionally, 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.


Spring 2017 Session 4 will take place at Longfellow Middle School, February 28th - April 18th, with 48 minute sessions and two gap weeks (March 28/April 4). Registration for Session 4 is currently full. 


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 during two back-to-back 48-minute lab periods (or, one 48-minute lab period) per week:

(* Regular and bilingual Spanish/English mentors needed these periods)

Class periods:
Period 19:17am - 10:05am  *
Period 210:09am - 10:57am  *
Period 311:01am - 11:49am
Period 411:53am - 12:41pm
Period 62:12pm - 3:00pm

Which they attend on Tuesday for 6 weeks:


Date: (Tuesday)Description:
1February 28Mentor introductions & demos, work with students to define scientific question of interest
2March 7Students begin designing experiments, & identify materials needed
3March 14Mentors check step-by-step procedure and data tables & students begin experiments
4March 21Students finish working on experiments, gathering final data
 March 28/April 4GAP WEEK for Spring Breaks 
5April 11 Students analyze graph and lab report draft, mentors share their personal path to science
6April 18Students present findings, connection to real world science


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