Category Archives: Outreach

FEMMES is looking for volunteers

Volunteer as a counselor with FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) for an hour a week at nearby Durham public schools, or at the Saturday program here at Duke.

 

FEMMES is an educational outreach program that sends volunteers out to local Durham schools to lead 4th-6th grade girls through hands-on science activities.  Help out once a week with the afterschool program, once in the spring at our capstone all-day event on campus, or over the summer for our weeklong summer camp. All majors are welcome! For girls only!

 

Email femmesatduke@gmail.com for more information or to sign up!

Duke U Girl Scout Event

When: Saturday, April 21, 9am-4pm (two shifts)

Where: East Campus

Lead a session for a girl scouts event to help them earn a badge! We will be building a catapult, making a coaster car, and building mini playground equipment – a great, hands-on event! Sign up here!

Habitat Build

When: March 24, 12-4pm

Where: Location TBA

Come on, you’re an engineer… Isn’t building things, like, kind of your thing? Come show your sweet skills off (and get karma points!) at SWE’s Habitat Build on March 24, the Saturday after spring break. We’ll be taking the afternoon shift, from 12-4pm, so Sign up Here before March 18th to participate!

SWE’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

When: Sunday, March 24, 12-4pm (2 shifts)

Where: Nasher Museum

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is an event that the professional chapter of SWE is having at the Nasher Museum, and the professional chapter is looking for volunteers from Duke SWE to help. The event will be on March 24 (a Sunday) with two shifts from 12-4pm.

You need not bring anything, all of the activities, supplies, and instructions will be provided. You would simply need to help handing things out and answering questions the kids have (you will be prepped on the answers). There will probably be 5activities, but the amount may be volunteer dependent. The professional chapter will also supply some snacks and caffeine to keep us all going! If you are interested, then Sign up Here!

A message from Duke Science Days:

Hey guys – Becky here,

I’m sending this on behalf of Duke ScienceDays. For those of you who do not know

about ScienceDays. It is a mentoring program geared towards elementary students

to foster scientific curiosity through hands-on learning opportunities, (science

experiments, cool lab demos, anything hands-on.) For example, we dissect cow eyes,

experiment with dry ice, and make slime! It is a nationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit

organization and it was started in 2004 by two high school students at North Carolina

School of Science & Mathematics. Since then it has spread to high schools across the

nation, as well as several universities. In 2008-2009, it came to Duke University and has

been growing since.

 

This is an invitation to all who have any interest science. OR if you just think mentoring,

teaching, or taking a break and getting off campus is important! The kids are amazing

and it is so much fun! Currently we are doing 2 mentoring sessions a week:

 

1) Mondays (4:15 – 5:30) @ George Watts Elementary

2) Wednesdays (4:00 – 5:15) @ E.K. Powe.

 

**Both are within walking distance from East Campus and you can walk with the group

of mentors for that day to the site**

 

In short, if you know you’re free during those times, done with classes, and aren’t doing

anything till dinner time, we want YOU!

 

For more information, go to: http://dukesciencedays.wordpress.com/ or

contact duke@sciencedays.org.

 

You may also contact me, Becky Zon, at becky.zon@duke.edu for more information

Thanks so much and we hope to see you soon!

Duke ScienceDays Team

UPDATE: Outreach Events

FEMMES Girl Scouts Event

On February 18, SWE will send a few members with FEMMES for a girl scouts event on campus. There will be two activities, and two sessions (we will have a morning and afternoon sessions-you can sign up for both/either). More details(times, location, activities, etc) will be released soon, but if you are definitely interested, then sign up on the googledoc whose link was included in the Weekly Digest 1/19.  Please note that since the event is a week away, if you sign up now, you may not receive a T-shirt for participating.

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SWE’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” with the local Professional SWE chapter and both Duke and N.C. State’s SWE sections

When: Thursday, February 23, 4:45 – 7pm and 6:45 – 9pm

Where: Nasher Museum

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is an event that the professional chapter of SWE is having at the Nasher Museum, and the professional chapter is looking for volunteers from Duke SWE to help. The event will be on February 23rd (a Thursday) with two shifts: 4:45 – 7:00, 6:45 – 9:00.

You need not bring anything, all of the activities, supplies, and instructions will be provided. You would simply need to help handing things out and answering questions the kids have (you will be prepped on the answers). There will 5 activities (gravity/balance. magic milk, glider airplanes, spaghetti/marshmallow towers, and “flinkers”), but the amount may be volunteer dependent. The professional chapter will also supply some snacks and caffeine to keep us all going! If you are interested, then sign up on the googledoc–see Weekly Digest 1/19 for the link.

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Habitat for Humanity with SWE

Save the Date!  Saturday, March 24 from 12-4p

More information will be posted as the date approaches.

UPDATE: Outreach Events

FEMMES Girl Scouts Event

On February 18, SWE will send a few members with FEMMES for a girl scouts event on campus. There will be two activities, and two sessions (we will have a morning and afternoon sessions-you can sign up for both/either). More details(times, location, activities, etc) will be released soon, but if you are definitely interested, then sign up on the googledoc whose link was included in the Weekly Digest 1/19

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SWE at Githens Science Fair

When: Thursday, February 2, 5-7:30pm

Where: Githens Middle School

The Githens Middle School Science Fair will be on Feb 2nd, 5-7:30 pm, at the middle school. We have been asked to provide some volunteers from SWE who would be doing several physics-related demos. More details will be released soon, but if you are definitely interested, then sign up on the googledoc–see Weekly Digest 1/19 for the link.

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SWE’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

When: Thursday, February 23, 4:45 – 7pm and 6:45 – 9pm

Where: Nasher Museum

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is an event that the professional chapter of SWE is having at the Nasher Museum, and the professional chapter is looking for volunteers from Duke SWE to help. The event will be on February 23rd (a Thursday) with two shifts: 4:45 – 7:00, 6:45 – 9:00.

You need not bring anything, all of the activities, supplies, and instructions will be provided. You would simply need to help handing things out and answering questions the kids have (you will be prepped on the answers). There will 5 activities (gravity/balance. magic milk, glider airplanes, spaghetti/marshmallow towers, and “flinkers”), but the amount may be volunteer dependent. The professional chapter will also supply some snacks and caffeine to keep us all going! If you are interested, then sign up on the googledoc–see Weekly Digest 1/19 for the link.

Help FEMMES win $10,000!

When: Everyday through November 30
Where: Your Phone or Computer

Every vote helps and we would love your vote every day! It’s easy! See the options below:

FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) is a student-run Duke organization that hosts educational outreach programs related to math, science and engineering for 4th-6th grade girls from Durham public schools. Through FEMMES, female Duke undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members volunteer their time to instill enthusiasm about their careers in the developing minds of young women. The Duke students form personal relationships with the participants of our programs and have a positive influence on the girls’ views of women in math, engineering, and science.

Please please help us achieve our mission by voting for us!
Just click the link and vote for FEMMES (http://www.refresheverything.com/femmes2011)
Or text 109401 to 73774!  (That is, type 109401 in the body of your text to the phone number 73774)

Voting ends November 30, and you can vote once a day for FEMMES!

Sign Up for Technoquest 11/5!

Sign up here (please do this soon so we have a head count!):
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ak4-5AgsoBeddFlFMEpKNk1oRi1vMWE4ZU9TdWEtUmc&hl=en_US#gid=0

The Details:

When: Saturday Afternoon, Nov 5th (Leave campus around lunch, and get back by 4 pm)
Where: Meredith College (30 min away)
What:  We will be doing 2 activities as part of a a day long event hosted annually by the girl scouts, introducing girls to science and technology.  You can sign up to make color bandanas using “chromatography” principles, or make prosthesis (thumb, ear, etc) with the girls. It is an awesome event–everyone has a great time!

UPDATE: Service Events

We have a few service- and community-related coming up soon.  Sign-ups for each will be emailed to the SWE general body, or you can email Jennifer Wang directly.  Hope to see you out and about!

Saturday, October 1:  SWE Habitat Build (8a-12p) + Pratt Open House (1:15p)

Wednesday, October 19:  Duke Science Under the Stars (6-8p)