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Soapbox Science 2018 Group
Volunteers at Soapbox Science

Volunteers make the world go round! (Well actually, we know it's the gravitational forces of the sun that make the earth move in an eliptical orbit...but you get the point.) We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love explaining the science behind everyday life!

We rely on volunteers to help facilitate our events, run activities for the public and educate youth about the sciences. Your first step is to sign up for our updates by joining our newsletter and attend training. We'll send you the information you need to register for volunteer roles and teams.

Ready to start? Here are your next steps.

1. Communication
  • Sign up for our volunteer newsletter - you'll receive emails roughly once a month with google sign-up forms for our volunteer opportunities. This is our official communication method with our volunteers.
  • Join our Facebook Group - we share up-to-date information about our available volunteer shifts, as well as other volunteer & job opportunities in science outreach.
2. Training
  • Science with Impact Training - We provide basic training to all our volunteers through a program developed by Let's Talk Science. This training specializes in preparing volunteers to effectively communicate scientific topics to the public and to engage youth and other groups in science activities.
  • Program & Event Orientation - When you sign up to volunteer with an education program or at an event we'll host an orientation sessions prior to the start date give you specific information on your new role, allow you to meet the team you'll be working with and may provide additional skills that you'll need to get your job done.
3. Sign-up
  • You can sign up for whatever program, volunteer team or event that interests you and fits your schedule.
  • Events - one-time volunteer opportunities where you help on a specific day or set of days. Our biggest events are Science Rendezvous in May and Science Literacy Week in September.
  • Education & Mentoring - these are longer-term committments where you work with a team of volunteers to deliver education activities or mentor youth in a project.

 

Volunteer Roles

Once you've signed-up and are ready to go, you'll be prompted to register for a specific event or program to volunteer with. Below are some of the volunteer roles we look for. Volunteers attend an orientation session prior to starting a program or role which may include additional training.

Don't see something you like? We always have new opportunities that are communicated through our newsletter. We also welcome suggestions for events and activities from our volunteers!

 

Student Mentoring

Goal: We will be hosting several classes of grade 7 and 8 students in February for a Science Fair. Our volunteers will provide mentorship for student projects.
Volunteer Role: A small team of volunteers will be assigned to help out each class by mentoring the students and their projects. This may occur during school time or after school.
Time Commitment: Volunteers will be expected to coordinate with their assigned class’ teacher to visit and mentor the students at least 3 times before the Science Fair during Reading Week, February 2018.

 

High School Visits

Goal: We deliver hands-on science experiments that build skills and confidence for high school students to pursue science in post-secondary school. The programs we currently offer are:
    Biotechnology - gel electrophoresis lab
    Cancer Biology - antioxidants and cancer treatment
Volunteer Role: Facilitate 1 to 1.5 hour lesson for a high school class. Two volunteers are assigned to run one of the above programs for a class within the GTA. SciXchange will provide training on the lessons and volunteers will be responsible for transporting equipment to and from the school. Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel.
Time Commitment: Programs will start in October and volunteers should be prepared to deliver a lesson once or twice a month.
Next Steps: Volunteers will need to provide their weekly schedule so we are able to schedule class visits.

 

Elementary School visits

Goal: We deliver hands-on science experiments that build skills and confidence for elementary school students to pursue science. The programs we currently offer are:
    Lava Lamps - grades 2-7 experiment on the properties of water and rates of reaction
    Digestion Lab - grade 5 demonstration building the digestive system
    Pixel Art - grades 4-8 computer language and hex codes
Volunteer Role: Facilitate 1 lessons for an elementary class. Two volunteers are assigned to run one of the above programs for a class within the GTA. SciXchange will provide training on the lessons and volunteers will be responsible for transporting equipment to and from the school. Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel.
Time Commitment: Programs will start in October and volunteers should be prepared to deliver a lesson once or twice a month.
Next Steps: Volunteers will need to provide their weekly schedule so we are able to schedule class visits.

 

High School Computer Science Workshop

Goal: Facilitate workshops on campus to introduce high school students to computer science through one of two programs:
    Robotics
    Build an App
Volunteer Role: Run 2 hour program on campus in one of Ryerson’s computer labs. SciXchange will provide an overview of the program and training, volunteers will be responsible for facilitating the workshop.
Time Commitment: 2 hours plus prep time. Times are TBD.

 

Tour Guide

Goal: Provide visiting high school students with a tour of Ryerson campus with a specific emphasis on the science buildings. These tours usually precede the Computer Science Workshop.
Volunteer Role: Greet teacher and high school students and lead approximately 20-30 students on a 1-hour tour of campus. The tour finishes at the Computer Science workshop location.
Time Commitment: 1.5 hours. Times are TBD.