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WHAT YOU LOVE

Everyone has a valuable skill and everyone has a passion for something. Many of us are lucky to have a career that combines those two attributes and others would benefit from that 

Fundamentals of Volunteering 

  • Attend a one-day training that includes presentations by MDC Iowa program directors and volunteers

  • Teach or co-teach one or more STEM classes or events throughout the year based on individual availability

  • Assist in school or after school programs for a few hours one day per week, if retired, or a few hours every two to three weeks if still working

  • Volunteers are assigned to a program, class or event based on individual preferences, geographic distances, and time commitment

 

Once accepted to the program, a volunteer may:

  • Work with individual/teams of students and/or adult learners to encourage questions about STEM topics

  • Relate STEM to real-world experiences

  • Be a resource for students and adult learners

  • Collaborate in the development of activities and/or programs MDC Iowa staff

  • Explore opportunities for field trips/other programs 

  • Advise students during lab experiments, scientific investigations, and projects

  • Add a practical perspective to presentations if needed

  • Work with MDC Iowa staff to enhance/improve course content

  • Make presentations based on your expertise when appropriate

  • Help MDC Iowa staff design experimental challenges 

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