Volunteers Needed for STEM Career Days

On February 22 and 23, 2018, Jefferson Lab will be participating along with Newport New Shipbuilding, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Peninsula Engineers Council, in a Career Day(s) to support National Engineers week. The purpose of this event is to provide interested students with a half-day exploration into career fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Science Education staff members are seeking volunteers who are enthusiastic about what they do and can explain their work and/or their career field in terms that a high school student would understand...nothing highly technical.  
The program will be held at NASA (The Reed Center, in Hampton, Va.) and will host approximately 240 students from Southside high schools on Thursday, February 22, and 240 students from Peninsula high schools on Friday, February 23. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to speak one-on-one with subject matter experts from Newport News Shipbuilding, NASA, and Jefferson Lab, according to Brita Hampton, Science Education administrator. The students will also participate in a hands-on design challenge that will give them the opportunity to experience solving engineering types of problems.

Jefferson Lab has been asked to provide 10 engineers, scientists, and/or technicians each day. Their time commitment would be 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The students will rotate through three different pre-assigned tables, each staffed by one of our staff members. For each 20-minute rotation, our staff will talk about their careers, backgrounds, and education, Hampton explains. Each staff member is asked to bring something for show-and-tell, such as a model or simulation, that students can look at. There will be Internet access and electrical outlets, if needed.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn a bit more about the many fields represented at the event. Upon completion of the final rotation, students will stay at that table to participate in the design challenge. Science Education staff will have the challenge materials ready for each of our volunteers, and will provide appropriate training to administer the challenge, Hampton adds.

Volunteers interested in helping with this event are asked to contact Hampton by Friday, February 9. Questions may also be directed to Hampton.

Contact Brita Hampton at hampton@jlab.org or x7633.