School Days is an annual program designed to help motivate teenagers in Durham Public Schools to aim for college. The program targets middle school students who come from families with no prior college experience. The students spend a full school day at Duke in groups of 10, visiting labs, meeting faculty, and touring the campus (including the residence halls) while accompanied by Duke staff and students, and Durham school counselors.

Your role would be to ask the students lots of questions, enjoy watching them be amazed at how different college is from secondary school, and accompany them as they visit residence halls, labs, the new dining facilities.

You will learn things you never knew about Duke and have a chance to see some unusual facilities from the Human Patient Simulator to the largest collection of 3D printers on a college campus (and which you can use!). You won’t be alone on this journey – each group will also have two school counselors and two Duke students.

Due to the pandemic, this year School Days will be virtual and shortened so Duke staff are just needed from 9-10:15.

[Normally, we start with breakfast/orientation at 8:30 and end at 1:15 with the town hall assembly. As bonuses, you will also get a free continental breakfast, lunch and a beautiful t-shirt…and a great feeling of having helped change the lives of some Durham 8th graders!]

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