Outreach Opportunity Alerts connect members of the Caltech community with educational outreach opportunities in the Pasadena community and beyond for which they can volunteer. They are published monthly.
To join the newsletter mailing list for Outreach Opportunity Alerts, members of the Caltech community can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/daAaeP or email Kitty Cahalan, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give Kitty your name, email address, Caltech affiliation (undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, faculty or staff) and department, option or research group.
Happy New Year! We hope 2024 is a great one for all of you. We also hope you're looking forward to the many fun upcoming STEM events and outreach opportunities as much as we are! Many annual STEM events that were suspended during the pandemic are back for their second or even third post-pandemic years, and public interest in the STEM events we participate in is as high as ever. The volunteering you do makes a difference - your explanation of your work, your interest in satisfying a young person's curiosity, or your investment in a mentorship relationship can be the spark that ignites a career or a lifelong connection of inquiry. And the skills you develop as you learn how to work with all kinds of learners is excellent training for your own career!
We need science night and expo volunteers!
Volunteers for public science events is our #1 need at this time! We are invited to many events throughout the area, and these events shine when Caltech students bring their stuff to stimulate curiosity among families of Pasadena and beyond.
Would you like to join us for an upcoming event? You are only obligated to as many events as you choose to sign up for, and if you don't have a demo, poster to present or short talk, we can supply you with materials that suit your field of study - just contact Kitty Cahalan for a consult (email below). For most events, CTLO can also help with transportation and feed volunteers dinner.
Sign up here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/8M7FR
Upcoming events include:
- Arroyo Vista Elementary (South Pasadena) - Thursday, January 18, 5:30-8:30pm
- Madison Elementary (Pasadena) - Thursday, January 25, 5-6:30 pm
- Mary Jackson STEM Elementary (Pasadena) - Thursday, February 1, 5-7 pm
- Willard IB Elementary (Pasadena) - Thursday, February 8, 5-7 pm (time tentative)
- Longfellow Elementary (Pasadena) - Friday, February 23, 5:30-7 pm
- Marshall Fundamental Secondary (Pasadena) - Tuesday, February 27, 5:30-8:30 pm
As well as two large community events:
- Pasadena Unified Science Festival - Saturday, March 16, 10-4 (sign up for 2 hour shifts)
- Los Angeles City of STEM - Saturday, April 6, 9-3 (sign up for 2 hour shifts)
Questions? Contact Kitty Cahalan at email@example.com.
GO-Outdoors Workshop: Exploring Pedagogical Methods
Join GO Outdoors for an insightful workshop designed to introduce the essence of the GO-Outdoors program, its outreach strategies, and the educational approaches utilized to facilitate learning in outdoor settings. This session aims to equip volunteers and interested parties with a comprehensive understanding of our program's mission, methodologies, and the impact of accessible, inclusive, field-based outreach.
Date: Jan 29th
Time: noon - 1 pm (we'll be providing lunch for RSVPs)
Where: Benioff conference room, South Mudd
Contact Haroula Baliaka a firstname.lastname@example.org for how to register for the workshop.
For more information, go fo: https://go-outdoors.caltech.edu/
Serve as Judge or Mentor for High School Hackathon
On February 17th, 2024 with a three-day workshop prior to it, young computer scientists and artists will join together to build astonishing technologically-driven projects.
The Hackathon is a software development competition where students team up to make something utilizing technology that fits a given prompt within 12 hours. The submissions are then judged and awards are distributed.
This competition is student-led by the entire Alhambra Unified School District, which includes Alhambra High School, Mark Keppel High School, and San Gabriel High School.
More information can be found at https://mashacks.org/
MAS Hacks Board
Alhambra High School,
101 S 2nd St Alhambra, CA 91801
Caltech Blood Drive
When: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 9 and 10, 2024 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Held in the Bloodmobile parked in front of Human Resources office at 399 Holiston street Pasadena, CA 91125
How: To schedule an appointment please log onto www.redcrossblood.orgenter sponsor code: CALTECH or text or call American Red Cross Blood Drive Rep at 626-437-7893, or use the QR code below.
Sip 'n' Science
We're still looking for more Sip 'n' Science speakers! The Altadena branch of Los Angeles County Libraries is kicking off this program for adults in February. People will gather at a local pub or wine bar where they will hear a talk from up to three Caltech scientists (can be student, staff or faculty) about those people's research and the larger implications, impacts, and future of the field. Gatherings will be intimate, in the range of 30 people. The library would like to have four to six of these events in the next year.
If you are interested in participating in Sip 'n' Science as a presenter, contact Kitty Cahalan, email@example.com.
Science Olympiad Coaches Needed in Pasadena Unified
Pasadena Unified School District's after school program, LEARNS, is still seeking mentors to work with their Science Olympiad teams at elementary or middle school, or judge at their district competition on March 16. Coaches can be regular attendees of club meetings, or can be occasional, helping build specific areas of content knowledge.
Interested? Contact Kitty Cahalan, firstname.lastname@example.org
LA County Science and Engineering Fair Calls for Judges
LA County Science Fair is still seeking judges for the event in March.
These judges will need to be available in person from 7AM to about 4 PM on Monday, March 11th, 2024. Students will submit their work online 10 days prior to the event and the judges will have access to read and do the initial evaluation prior to meeting the students in person on March 11th, 2024.
Who can be a judge? Anyone with engineering or science background (any of the sciences including ecology, psychology, math and computer science) can serve as a judge. An undergrad in science or five years work experience in a STEM field can judge for the middle school level (6-8TH grade projects) and if the individual has masters or PhD with research experience, can serve as a judge for the senior level (9-12TH grade projects).
Registration for judges opened in December 2023. Interested individuals can visit the website here and register as a judge here.
Visiting Scientists, our year-long teaching program at Madison Elementary, is always looking for new people to join the team! If you think you might like to hone your teaching skills while getting kids ages 8-11 excited about science, contact Kitty Cahalan, email@example.com!
Explain the Solar System to a Gifted First Grader!
Mirman School, a private school for highly gifted children in Los Angeles, is seeking volunteers to teach first graders about the solar system! Interested volunteers can contact teacher Tri Vo Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor Veterans at PCC
Veterans at PCC Need Your Help! They are looking for volunteer tutors in math, physics, chemistry, and life sciences. They also need help with study skills, homework review, and test preparation
Commitment is 1-2 hours per week at Caltech's Campus or at PCC's Veterans Resource Center, flexible timing.
If interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Lisa M. Foster, at email@example.com or 626-585-7226 x4
We Don't Just Do STEM Outreach!
We know that Caltech has people doing their studies and research in areas that are not considered STEM fields, and we'd love to have those of you this applies to do outreach, too! We also know all our students, staff and faculty have many other talents - are you an artist, photographer, writer, actor, dancer, athlete, musician? Do you have a hobby you'd like to share with people in our community? We can do outreach with that, too!
Please let Kitty Cahalan (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you're interested!
Caltech Educational Outreach Office's programs run on volunteers! If you would like to join any of our programs, or if you have a program of your own that you'd like to bring to K-12 students, contact Kitty Cahalan, Assistant Director of Educational Outreach, at 626-395-2468 or email@example.com.