Science Mentor Program

Are you or someone you know looking for ways to combine art and science to engage youth? Now’s your chance to become a Cool Science Mentor! 

Our workshops are for adults who work with at least 10 youth in grades K-12 in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Kansas, or Missouri. We provide the art materials and supplies. Win-win! 

Five Cool Science workshop opportunities will be offered this summer: 

Type  Date  Location  Time 
In-Person   Workshop   June 17, 2022  Kansas City, MO  8:30am-4:30pm 
In-Person  Workshop  June 18, 2022  Topeka, KS  8:30am-4:30pm 
In-Person  Workshop  June 24, 2022  Worcester, MA  8:30am-4:30pm 
In-Person  Workshop  June 25, 2022  Lowell, MA  8:30am-4:30pm 
3-Part Online
Workshop Series
August 8-11, 2022  Via Zoom  5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) /
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Central) 

During this workshop series, you will learn how to educate youth about the science of extreme weather through artistic expression. You will enhance your understanding of both science and art, which will help you become a better youth mentor. And you will learn about our exciting art contest for youth:   

2022-2023 Cool Science Artwork Competition 

BONUS! Workshop participants will receive:

·   Art and science resources 

·   Art supplies and lesson materials 

·   A pro-rated stipend of up to $200 based on the number of submissions to the Cool Science Art Contest* (Please note: Returning mentors have different stipend rates than new mentors) 

*Mentors who attend either one in-person workshop or all three online workshop sessions and submits a copy of their accordion book will receive $50. Trained mentors will also receive $15 for each mentee that submits a piece of artwork, an artist statement, and an accordion book to the Cool Science Art Contest, up to a maximum of $150.  All stipends will be paid after the contest submission deadline has passed. 

You will also get a chance to provide feedback in surveys and focus groups for the project’s evaluation, if you are interested. 

Space is limited. Apply Now!  

Use the link below to apply by May 31, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 3, 2022.  

Mentor Application 

If the link above doesn’t work, you can cut and past the following url you’re your browser:

https://umasslowell.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_28ZIzMJiI1lnspM

You may contact Shanna Rose Thompson (shanna_thompson@uml.edu or 978-934-4641) if you have further questions. 

Cool Science is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Volunteer opportunities in Cambridge Public Schools

Cambridge School Volunteers’ Art and Science in One brings fourth- and fifth-grade students to Fresh Pond Reservation for a structured program in nature journaling as a gateway to engagement with science learning and science practices.

The program provides each student with an adult volunteer who mentors the student over the course of two 1-hour and three 2-hour sessions. Mentoring is specifically designed to support students’ development of a scientific practice—honing their observation and data collection skills. Students and mentors work together for a) two indoor sessions that introduce build the most basic scientific observation and observational drawing skills using natural objects, and b) three 2-hour trips of structured and supervised nature journaling at Fresh Pond Reservation.

More information:

1. file:///C:/Users/shusey01/Downloads/AS1%20Description%20Feb%202020%20(1).pdf

2. https://www.csvinc.org/for-volunteers/how-to-get-started-2/

Further information: Meg Ramsdell, Executive Dir., Cambridge School Volunteers mramsdell@cpsd.us Julie Croston, Coordinator, Art & Science in One Program jcroston@cpsd.us