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Berkeley Lab K-12 STEM Outreach Opportunities for June – August

Dear Berkeley Lab Colleagues,

Please join us on a new chapter of enhanced community outreach and engagement through K-12 STEM Programs! As we establish new connections and rekindle relationships, we look forward to working with the entire Lab staff on new programs, updated curriculum content, and building stronger STEM pipeline with students in the East Bay and surrounding areas.

Here is an update on volunteer opportunities that we would like your help with over the next few months. Please mark your calendars and sign up where you are available. You can also check the K-12 website:

SMASH – Cohort Project Mentors 

Connect with students over research as they develop an interactive summer presentation diving into one of three topics. As a mentor you will:

    • Mentor a cohort covering one of the following topics:
      • COHORT 1: Infectious/Chronic Disease (epidemiology)
      • COHORT 2: Toxins and Contaminants in the Environment
      • COHORT 3: Energy Disparities/Justice
    • Meet with instructors the week of (June 7-13) to speak about your field, current problems and research, where social justice intersects, and how their field relates to STEM and design thinking
    • Meet weekly with scholars for a short time to give them the opportunity to ask questions, hear first-hand experiences, and make deeper connections
    • Time commitment break down:
      • June 7 – 13 (instructor training): meet anytime June 10-12 for 1.5 hour
      • June 17 through July 12: meet scholars for 1.5 hour either Mon/Wed/ or Fri (1:00 – 4:00pm) each week
      • July 15 – 19 (5th week): meet scholars for 2 hours based on your schedule and have scholars demo their final outcomes and presentations for the final event on July 20

TOTAL (possible) TIME COMMITMENT: 9.5 hours over the course of 6 weeks

Oakland Summer Town Camp 

Date/Time: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 2019
Location: Please See Sign Up Sheet

What: Berkeley Lab will facilitate a week of STEM activities during Oakland’s summer town camp. This will be the second year Berkeley Lab has participated. Activities will include building bridges, creating artwork with paper circuits, and investigations with chemical reactions. Sessions will last for three hours on three separate days. Activities will include Day 1 – Building Paper Bridges/Structural Engineering, Day 2- Chemical Reactions/ Building a Database, Day 3 – Paper Circuits. They will be covered in each training session. You can stay for one or all three activities. Training sessions will take place at the Lab on:

    • Thursday, June 27 – 9am – 1pm
    • Friday, July 19 – 9am – 1pm
    • Monday, July 22 – 9am – 1pm

Pinole Engineering Academy Summer Camp Round Table

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 5 – 8pm
Location: TBD
What: Take part in short round table discussions with engineering high school students. Give a short talk about your job, career aspirations, education, and STEM aspirations with students who have been taking part in a residential engineering academy for the summer. Please email Faith Dukes, if you are interested in participating.
Pinole Engineering Academy Summer Camp Presentation

Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 12 – 3pm
What: Help judge presentations and give constructive feedback to engineering high school students from the surrounding area. The 62 students spend the week learning about engineering design as they build bridges and automated cars. Contact Faith Dukes,, if you are interested in volunteering.

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity Career Panel 

Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 2019, 1 – 3pm
Location: Berkeley Adult School
What: Share your experiences as a STEM professional with students participating in the Rising Sun Climate Careers program. Speakers will take part in a short panel before speaking to smaller rotating groups of students. Please email Faith Dukes,, if you are interested.

Berkeley Lab Visits 

Date/Time: Friday July, 12, Monday, August 26, Tuesday, August 27 – 1pm to 3pm
Location: Berkeley Lab
What: Help showcase the broad array of science and STEM careers at Berkeley Lab. Share your STEM stories with students and help them connect their current classroom work with real-world applications. Please consider reaching out to the communications specialists in your Area to become a tour guide. We will also conduct career panels, informal Q&A sessions over lunch, and flash talk sessions throughout the day. Subject matters vary depending upon the group. Additional details will be included as we approach the visit. You can sign up here.

Or email Faith Dukes,, if you are interested.