STEM Volunteering

Igniting the Spark

STEM Volunteering STEM Volunteers: Igniting the Spark (stem-volunteers.html) STEM education and training are often viewed as being essential in preparing and providing students who equipped to fill jobs that are available now and those that will be available in the future that enable students to have access to better jobs and that fuel the economic engine of the country. To that end, players -- academic, government and industry -- are working, are going forces, to create ways of preparing students to fill the many jobs, and more important, to ensure that the country gains an ecumenic edge globally.

In addition to the support being provided by academic institutions -- elementary, high school and colleges -- and the public and private sectors, including individual in these areas and organizations are also a part of support structures that are using their skills and time volunteering and mentoring.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS) STEM Volunteer Program is an example of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals who volunteer in K-12 classrooms in the Washington, D. C. Metro area.

In 2004, the Senior Scientists and Engineers (SSE) organization and AAAS formed the AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program to support K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, foster STEM literacy, and motivate students to pursue STEM careers.

Today, The Program began in 2004 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and has expanded to schools in Virginia (Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church), in the District of Columbia, and in Howard County and Prince George's County in over 200 volunteers are participating in schoolyear 2017-2018. The majority of volunteers are retired, but the number of those still working is growing.

The volunteers support teachers in a number of ways, including working with individual or teams of students to interest students in exploring STEM topics; relate STEM to real life experience, act as resources to teachers; and participate in activities that include field trips, science fairs, lab experiments,scientific investigations and STEM projects.

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