Youth Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities
The Children’s Science Center offers our youth several different opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills. Depending on your age, interest, and time available to volunteer, there are a variety of options. Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us.
Youth and Parent Volunteering
Youth between the ages of 13 and 15 are welcome to volunteer with an engaged adult at the Lab or at weekend community events. Both the youth and adult are expected to maintain a Volunteer Matters profile and sign up for the same shift. Each member of the volunteer pair is expected to stay for the entire shift and work as a team at the activity to which they are assigned. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). For community programs, volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers. At the Lab, parent and youth teams support behind the scenes operations including stocking experiment and activity supplies.
Community Programs Youth Volunteers
Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer for Community Programs events like Family Science Night that occur throughout the region at locals schools and other weekend community events. We request that every volunteer provide their own transportation. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). Volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers.
Seasonal STEM Camp Education Internships
Lab Youth Volunteers and Summer Interns
Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer at the Children’s Science Center Lab. Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Advance instructions and/or training will be provided.
Lab Summer Interns will learn what it takes to facilitate activities and events at the Children’s Science Center Lab while gaining valuable experience as they work with a mentor to complete and present an activity design project.
Fusion Science Players
The Fusion Science Players program, an evolution of the former Youth Leadership Council program, trains youth aged 10-16 to become effective volunteers. The program uses the mediums of theater and performance to demonstrate science concepts to elementary aged audiences, while providing youth program participants the opportunity to practice public speaking, facilitation, and leadership skills. Youth enhance their creativity, poise, and science literacy and earn volunteer hours in support of the Children’s Science Center’s community outreach programming.
Utilizing the popular Fusion Science Theater curriculum as its cornerstone, the Fusion Science Players have meetings during which they discuss recent advances in the field of science, performs science experiments, and practices and prepares for performances. The signature activity is the performance of science demonstration-related skits that are designed to introduce younger school-aged children to basic scientific concepts, such as chemical bonds as well as potential and kinetic energy. A semester-end field trip and various guest speakers and opportunities are also included.
The Spring 2017 semester will run from January 4 through April 26, 2017, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Children’s Science Center Lab during the month of January, and bi-weekly during the months of February, March and April. Performances will be scheduled at Family Science Night events at area elementary schools on select Thursday evenings during February, March and April.
Applications are merit-based and require payment of a $185 program fee for the semester-long program upon acceptance. The application for the Spring semester will be available through December 21.
Registration is closed for this year. Please check back with us in Fall for next year.
Youth Ambassadors help us spread the word about the Children’s Science Center through a variety of different activities depending on our needs as well as the age, interest and aptitude of the child. In the past, Youth Ambassadors have been speakers and greeters at our fundraising and informational events, created drawings or models of their vision for the Center, participated in a video shoot, interviewed scientists and more. Activities and time commitment vary throughout the year.