In continuation of yesterday’s post about getting involved in inspiring the next generation, without further ado, I give you Mentoring: Intermediate Mode!
Get Involved in Outreach
Ok, so as much as you would really love to, you just don’t have the time to be mentor. I get it – it is a huge commitment! That doesn’t mean you can’t become directly involved in some way. Check to see if a local school would be willing to let you come and talk to a few classrooms about your work/research one day. Find out if they have a family science night that you could set up a little table display for and chat with the kids and their families one night. Host a demonstration or workshop at your local public library. See if there is a Teen Science Cafe member within reasonable driving distance of you that is looking for presenters. This organization hosts free, casual events where local teens come to learn from a STEM professional about their research and do a related hands-on science activity. I can vouch that they are super fun for both the teens and the presenters! There are so many ways to get involved. Start getting creative, and get yourself out there!
Teen Science Cafe Network: https://teensciencecafe.org/cafes/
Pictured: Some of the marine mammal trainers at work speaking to teens at a Teen Science Cafe.