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Science on Demand Volunteer Training Program in Science Outreach

Overview

The Science on Demand (SoD) program provides training in science outreach to prepare UO students to develop and present science outreach activities to a variety of audiences.  This training is presented in two stages. The first stage, Introduction to Science Outreach is required before students are accepted as volunteer instructors with SoD and it’s sister program SPICE. The second stage, the Outreach Instructor Track, prepares students to act as lead instructors. Completion makes them eligible for paid positions with SPICE and SoD.

Benefits

In addition to the benefits of training in science outreach and experience in the field, SoD science outreach training will help you build a better resume.  The program will provide all participants with a letter detailing the nature of the training completed and for participants who work with us in a substantive capacity we provide detailed letters of recommendation for graduate school and job searches.

Outreach and teaching has also been show to reinvigorate interest in ones own science education, improve communication skills, and improve and deepen understanding in the areas you teach.

How to Apply

Email Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu) by Feb 28th to join the 2016 training program. Include a brief statement as to why your interested in the training program and detail your past experience (if any) working in science outreach or other educational settings (formal or informal).

Outreach Training Program

Training is divided into two levels.  Level one prepares participants to volunteer with SPICE, Science on Demand and the ChemDemos team.  Level one graduates will work in concert with fully trained instructors on outreach projects.  Level two provides more advanced training and prepares you to take on lead instructor duties. The full training manual can be found here.

Level 1 - Introduction to Science Outreach

**Starred Items are required before field hours**

Training

  • 2 hours of training from the following sources
  • Science outreach club meetings
  • Online video training
  • Outreach Coursework

Required Training Modules

  • Public Safety in Science Demonstrations**
  • Know your Audience**
  • Brain Based Learning
  • Introduction to Outreach Pedagogy

Field Hours

Minimum 15 hours every 6 months of outreach in the field (hours must be in atleast 2 of the following areas)

  • Hands on Workshop
  • Public Demonstration
  • Project Mentoring
  • Curriculum Development

Safety Practicum

  • Research, write up and submit a safety protocol for an outreach activity
  • Activity must contain atleast 3 "elements of concern" e.g. chemical handling, fire, sensitive audience, etc

Level 2 - Outreach Instruction Track

Underlined Items are covered in level 1 training

Training

  • 8-10 hours of training from the following sources
  • Science outreach club meetings
  • Online video training
  • Outreach Coursework

Required Training Modules

  • Public Safety in Science Demonstrations**
  • Know your Audience**
  • Brain Based Learning
  • Introduction to Outreach Pedagogy

Field Hours

Minimum 30 hours every year of outreach in the field (hours must be in atleast 2 of the following areas)

  • Hands on Workshop
  • Public Demonstration
  • Project Mentoring
  • Curriculum Development

 

Curriculum Development

Research write up and submit an outreach activity for peer review.

Safety Practicum

  • Research, write up and submit a safety protocol for an outreach activity
  • Activity must contain atleast 3 "elements of concern" e.g. chemical handling, fire, sensitive audience, etc

 

Written Exam

  • Online exam (multple choice and short answer)
  • Covers fundamentals of outreach and safety as well as scenarios

 

Practical Exam

  • Present an outreach activity to a panel of peers and mentors
  • This is the final activity before graduation from the program