I’ve had the privilege of volunteering for a few organizations focused around science and engineering, and I think they have all taught me a lot about myself, and given me real life experiences! If you’re interested in learning more about STEM and gaining some experience in science-related fields, check out some of these opportunities.
I was able to volunteer at Science World in the summer of 2017 as a High School Work Experience student, and after I joined the TAG (teen advisory group) team. During HSWE, I went to Science World each day and rotated around the various galleries. I thought it was really fun showing discovery boxes to kids in Search, seeing the creations people built in Keva, and I loved getting to learn all the puzzles on the first floor! On TAG, we plan the SWEET teen night events that happen throughout the year. This is also really fun as Science World has great resources and can usually support the ideas we have for games and activities.
The summer of 2017, I volunteered with UBC Geering Up, an engineering camp for kids run at the UBC campus. It was a pretty basic week volunteering with kids, and I was in the miniminds class, which are the youngest, kindergarten-aged kids. I mostly just hung out with them and played games with them during lunch. I actually got to plan an hour-long activity for the kids in the class I was assigned to, and I did spinning tops, an activity I helped out with in the tinkering lab at Science World!
Lastly, the summer of 2017, I also volunteered at an animal hospital. The main reason I wanted to volunteer here was because I would get the opportunity to walk dogs! However, when I did my placement, I got a real close view of how a hospital works, and how procedures and sanitation are run. I actually ended my placement early there as I started getting allergic reactions to all the fur there!