Volunteer Opportunities

Education and outreach programs depend upon Berkeley Lab volunteers. Review the upcoming programs below and show your support by volunteering. For those who would like to volunteer in the future, please complete the General Interest Survey for monthly emails with upcoming activities and programs.

Volunteer Opportunities with Berkeley Lab

  • When: Fall 2020

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: We hope to continue connecting scientists, educators, and students through online mediums in spite of barriers to physical outreach and education events. This program connects staff with local middle and high school classrooms to talk about subject explorations, introduce careers in STEM, and conduct virtual tours of research workspaces. Sessions will be 1 hour long and allow students to gain an inside look of working at Berkeley Lab.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Ongoing

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Interested in continuing STEM outreach from your home? Live Science is a virtual series in which researchers at Berkeley Lab share their work and lead a home activity with the public. Viewers are able to ask questions about science topics and learn how innovative research can translate to hobbies at home. We are looking for Berkeley Lab staff to participate in future events. We have some topics planned, but we're very open to new ideas!

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Fall and Winter 2020

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Are you interested in speaking to students about your research and/or career? Would you like to practice your science communication skills? If so, consider signing up to be on our list of Berkeley Lab Speakers. We are putting together a group of staff able to share their expertise and career experiences through online platforms.

  • Upcoming topics: Art and STEM, Privacy and Security, Everyday Materials, Travel and Fieldwork, and Ethical Research.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Spring and Summer 2021

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Berkeley Lab will host several high school students from various programs in the East Bay Area next summer through partner programs and apprenticeship/internship programs hosted at the lab. Internships will focus on project based learning and mentors will work with the K-12 team to provide projects. As a volunteer, you will be mentoring a group of students on a project over the course of multiple months.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • What: Are you a scientist who can share your work with middle and high school students during a ten minute recorded video? This series, presented by the DOE Office of Public Affairs STEM Rising initiative, will share the voices of scientists across the country, giving students information about who our scientists are, what inspires you about your work, what’s next for DOE, why study STEM, and what you do in your free time. Videos will be posted on the DOE YouTube channel.

  • Questions? Reach out to AnneMarie.Horowitz@hq.doe.gov

To volunteer, sign up here

Black Girls Code 2020 Hackathon

  • Date: Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25 (all 3 days)

  • Description: Black Girls CODE 2020 hackathons are aimed to excite and motivate girls ages 12-17 to build and hack tech solutions to problems in the community. Girls will develop skills in ideation, team-working, app development, and presentation. They will create connections with each other and with their mentors, discover how tech can be a tool for social change, and explore a significant social justice issue and engage in creating solutions to the issue by using technology as a lever for change. Both Technical and Non-technical mentors are needed.

  • To volunteer, visit blackgirlscode.ivolunteer.com/gmvirtualhackathon_bgc_2020

BLISS KITS are age-appropriate, hands-on, standards-based science and mathematics activities developed by Workforce Development & Education (WD&E), in partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science. Lab employees who have attended workshops on how to lead the activities may check out and use the kits in local schools or other appropriate youth events. All materials are aligned with the California Science Standards in use by schools across the state. Learn more about the topics here.

Use the BLISS KIT request form to check one out.

Please note that the kits will soon be undergoing updates and modifications. Additional training sessions will be held once they are completed.