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Women in Science — Volunteer for Science Education

April 14, 2010

Project Exploration just put out a call seeking volunteers for their Women in Science Program. If you live in the Chicagoland area, are a woman with a science or engineering background and are interested in volunteering to teach girls in the Chicago Public School system about science in an informal setting, this program (WIS-Flyer-FY10 for the .pdf) may be of interest to you.  The contact on the sheet is Jameela Jafri, Girls Programs Coordinator, phone 773-834-0691 or email jjafri@projectexploration.org.

Project Exploration is a non-profit, science education organization co-founded by University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and educator Gabrielle Lyon.  Their mission is to provide educational outreach to the public; the biggest component of that outreach is their youth programs.   These programs reach out to low-income, minority and female students to get them interested in science through workshops, camps and traveling exhibits.  Then it works to keep those students involved with science throughout their academic and professional careers.  If you know a student in the Chicagoland area who might be interested check out their local youth programs which are offered at no cost to the students.  CPS science teachers can check out the Science Teacher Field Institute.

If you are not in the Chicagoland area but would still like to learn more about opportunities for youth science education, check out Project Exploration’s Discover Your Summer program, a guide to summer science opportunities throughout the US (mostly Midwest).

And finally, in order to keep programs free for students, the money has to come from somewhere.  The Project accepts donations and corporate sponsorships to keep the doors open and the programs running.

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