A number of organizations in the region welcome science and math outreach partnerships with Dartmouth faculty and students. For example, the Montshire Museum and VINS sponsored a preview event and participated in a training session for faculty and graduate students who were presenting hands-on exhibits at the USA Science Festival in October 2010.
The organizations listed here provide opportunities for Dartmouth students and faculty to engage in science outreach. If you would like more information about our regional partners or if you represent an organization that would like to be listed on this page, contact the Office of Outreach.
Four Winds Nature Institute offers teaching opportunities for Dartmouth students who would like to share their enthusiasm for science. Currently, the Lebanon school district is seeking Dartmouth student volunteers to participate in a hands-on nature program for elementary school youngsters (grades kindergarten to 4) during the school year. Training by the Four Winds Nature Institute, the sponsor of the program, takes place on the second Monday of each month, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Alice Peck Day Hospital in Lebanon, NH. With that training, pairs of volunteers visit a Lebanon elementary school classroom later that month to lead the natural science lesson and exploration. For more information visit the Four Winds website, or contact Lisa Purcell at Four Winds (802-353-9440) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The McAuliffe Center in Concord, NH, is developing a state and national presence as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education center and is looking for Astronomy Interns who can develop STEM programs to be used for distance learning, web content, and live audiences. Interns also present programs and interpret exhibits at the Discovery Center. Candidates for this internship should have at least six months experience working with the public. For more information, please contact David McDonald, Education Director at (603) 271-7831 extension 114. The McAuliffe Center also sponsors a monthly "teen night" where guest scientists and graduate students can engage in informal science education. Contact the Office of Outreach for more information.
The Montshire Museum has several STEM outreach opportunities, with different time commitments, for faculty and graduate student who want to interact with families and school children. Explainers greet groups, demonstrate exhibits, lead informal science activities, and more, with training provided by Museum educators. Science Specialists share their love of learning and science with visitors by leading relatively advanced programs at the Montshire’s Science Discovery Lab or theater. Young Scientist Program volunteers work with a staff teacher to introduce science to young children through fun activities and experiments in the physical and natural sciences. For more information about these opportunities call (802) 649-2200 or e-mail Volunteer at Montshire. Dartmouth has also developed several outreach projects in collaboration with Montshire, such as Science Camp. For information about these collaborative efforts contact the Office of Outreach.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) offers environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partners with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operates an avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the VINS Nature Center. Dartmouth students can learn environmental education teaching skills as a summer volunteer for VINS Nature Day Camp 3-month, as an Education Intern, or by engaging and educating visitors and school groups through interactive hands-on activities as a VINS Nature Center Education Docent. VINS provides training for these activities; the time commitment varies. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply for an Environmental Science Research Internship. This is a three- month, paid summer internship for students interested in promoting biodiversity through model environmental restoration research at the VINS Nature Center. Such work would include developing and communicating strategies for invasive species management, habitat enhancement, and land stewardship. Students are encouraged to apply for this internship in January-February of each year for work to begin that June. For more information on these opportunities call 802-359-5000 extension 221_ or e-mail Volunteer at VINS. Collaborative opportunities with VINS for Dartmouth faculty and graduate students include helping to develop and deliver specialized adult programs that illuminate current environmental science issues, and participating in programs that provide professional teachers with new classroom-ready instructional materials and support. For information about these collaborative efforts contact the Office of Outreach.
Last Updated: 8/6/12