The Biobase offers in-depth programs in community science labs. After-school, weekend, and summer programs are available in which volunteers lead courses in biological science, environmental science, and materials science.
The Biobus is an old school bus transformed into a mobile lab outfitted with microscopes, solar panels, and a garden on the roof. Grad student and post doc volunteers can be found sharing their love of science on one of the bus's trips to an NYC school or during a science event, such as the World Science Festival or Maker Faire.
NYCSEF is a high school research competition in March. Winners continue on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Each year, over 300 volunteer judges are needed to interact with the students and evaluate their projects. You can specify your area of expertise, and you only need to commit a few hours on the day of the competition.
RockEDU is a science outreach outlet of The Rockefeller University. They create science resources and programs for K-12 and college students and educators. Scientists can volunteer to teach day-long lab-based programs or give a talk about their research at their monthly science cafe-style program, RockEDU Presents.
Saturday Science is a monthly family-friendly event hosted by Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, the Zuckerman Institute, and Biobus. Learners of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on activities that explore different aspects of neuroscience
Hosts a variety of after-school pop-up workshops at Fort Tryon Park for kids ages 5 to 11. Topics include identifying plants and insects, exploring rocks and minerals, and dissecting owl pellets. Check out their Facebook page for the most updated information.
An annual STEM festival that features STEM projects from students grades preK through 12with over 100 activity booths sponsored by museums, universities, companies,and more. Also, chess and math tournaments for grades K-12 with over 100 activity booths sponsored by museums, universities, companies, and more.
The World Science Festival is a 5-day event that occurs every year in late May. Dozens of events throughout the city amuse and inform science lovers of all ages about particle physics, the search for extraterrestrial life, the science of food, the inner workings of the human mind, and much more. Events sell out fast. One way to ensure that you get in the door is to volunteer.