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Colorado Space Grant Outreach

University of Colorado

Discovery Learning Center

520 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

 

 

 

Phone: (303) 492-3704

 


Outreach Requirements for all COSGC Students:

  1. COSGC Independent Study students and Gateway to Space students must volunteer in at least one outreach per semester. Paid COSGC students must volunteer in at least two outreaches  per semester.
     

  2. The main method of posting Outreach opportunities is via email to the COSGC email list.  Students can also look at the outreach website or on the outreach board in the main COSGC room.  To volunteer for an outreach students can email the outreach coordinator.
     
  3. For each outreach there is a short preparatory meeting.  Student volunteers are required to attend a prep meeting for the outreach for which they have volunteered.
     

  4. Each student must participate in the entirety of the outreach activity.
     

  5. After the outreach student volunteers should give feedback to the outreach on team on terms of how the event when, volunteer communication, and volunteer readiness.

 

 

Volunteer Tips
or "How to be a Good Volunteer"

All volunteers must attend a prep meeting for the outreach for which they have volunteered. Prep meetings will typically be held one to two days before the outreach and are announced via e-mail. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let the outreach coordinator know so she can schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Always arrive at least 15 minutes early to the outreach, unless specified otherwise.

As outreach volunteers, we are very significant role models to our K-12 students. For this reason, we must always be conscience of the content of our language, as well as the manner in which we speak to one another and to our students. In other words, we must lead by example by refraining from any jokes or comments (no matter how harmless they may appear to be) that involve gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. In addition to teaching math, science, and engineering, we also always strive to teach tolerance and open-mindedness.

The Space Grant outreach team strives to create an environment that is supportive, inspiring, and fulfilling for K-12 students and volunteers alike. We encourage volunteers to use supportive language, reinforce the idea that “there is no wrong answer,” and to encourage K-12 students to see themselves as potential engineers and scientists.

We encourage our volunteers to help students engage in inquiry learning by answering their questions with more questions. Instead of giving a simple answer to students' questions, challenge and assist them in exploring the issue until the students arrive at a conclusion for themselves. We have discovered that this form of learning helps students build confidence and self-assurance.


Working with kids and young people is very exciting, fun, and inspiring, but it can also be challenging, unpredictable, and overwhelming. We ask our volunteers to be prepared to “step up” and be proactive in overcoming obstacles and resolving problems in the case that they arise. Our most outstanding volunteers are those who see a potential problem forming and take the responsibility to resolve it.  A real example from a member of Outreach: "Another organization that was facilitating an activity for us was 15 minutes late so we had a group of fifth graders and no activity.  I left to search for the facilitator and when I came back, one of the volunteers had the group of students engaged in a conversation about what he was building in one of his classes."

Please feel free to bring your ideas to the table. Outreach is a very fun and rewarding part of working at Space Grant that allows you to give back to your community. We encourage our volunteers to get as involved as they want in outreach and we always try to support and include any ideas they might have.

 

 

 

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