Community Opportunities

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Each year, Berkeley Lab receives requests for speakers during career days and STEM events. Find out about the many opportunities to talk to students about your career path. How did you get to Berkeley Lab? What skills do you need for your job? What advice would you give to your younger self? These are just a few of the questions students, parents and teachers need your help answering. Check below to find out about upcoming programs.

Volunteer Opportunities Listed Monthly

Virtual Community Events

June

Engineering Design Showcase

  • Date: June 4 and June 5
  • Location: Virtually via UC Davis Now
  • Description: Given what is going on in the current climate with COVID-19 and spring quarter senior design courses taught online, the process and outcomes for the Engineering Design Showcase will be different from the years past. We are excited to share that we will be offering a virtual showcase in lieu of an in-person experience. Evaluators will have the opportunity to review projects virtually and provide feedback for students to review. Thank you for your important contribution to this event.
  • To serve as an evaluator, please fill out the volunteer form by Thursday, May 21 at http://bit.ly/2020-evaluation-form
  • If you have any questions, please contact Armani Peterson at arpeterson@ucdavis.edu

Berkeley Community Scholars Summer Mentorship

  • Date: long term commitment with meetings throughout the summer and school year
  • Location: Virtually
  • Description: High Hopes Scholars are university bound Berkeley public high school graduates with first-generation college, low-income, or underrepresented community backgrounds. Mentors serve as point of support in navigating the demands and challenges of higher education by providing inspiration, resources, advice, and insight.
  • With an increasing cohort size of students, applications for mentors are still open
  • Apply here: berkeleyscholars.org/get-involved/mentor/

May

OSEF Science Fair Projects

  • Date: May 20 and May 22
  • Description: The 62nd Annual Oakland Science & Engineering Fair (OSEF) will be held virtually this year on May 20 -- May 22, as we all work together to flatten the curve! Students and OUSD Partners are invited to attend and show support in a number of ways! Partners and Community Members Can:

GLOBE Student Research Symposium

  • Date: May 23 (1:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Description: Join the Earth Team interns from Antioch, Pinole and Skyline high schools as they discuss their GLOBE research projects. Earth Team is a nonprofit that guides urban youth throughout the East Bay to become environmental stewards through experiential education, skills development, and the building of community connections. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Annual GLOBE Symposium at Moss Landing Marine Labs has been cancelled. Interns will come together over Zoom to present their research on toxic algae blooms and urban water quality trends. Organizational partners, local scientists, and government officials are invited to join, listen to presentations, and ask questions about student research.
  • If you are interested in participating, please fill out the volunteer form here.

Mock Interviews and Resume Building

  • Date: May 25 to June 5 (flexible scheduling)
  • Description: The Institute for STEM Education will be hosting a series of workshops for students to help them craft and fine-tune their resumes and cover letters, as well as develop their virtual interviewing skills. ISE is looking for professionals who would be able and willing to:
    • Review and provide feedback for resumes (at your pace with an assigned due date)
    • Review and provide feedback for cover letters (at your pace with an assigned due date)
    • Participate as a mock video interviewer (paired with one other professional - interviews will be scheduled to accommodate your schedule)
  • If you are interested in participating, please fill out the volunteer form here.

Past Community Events

May

Dinner with a Scientist

  • Date: May 4 and May 5
  • Location: Chabot Space and Science Center
  • Description: Dinner with a Scientist (DWS) celebrations bring together local scientists, teachers, and students to learn about science over a semi-formal dinner. Each event will have ~250 people each.
    • Be a featured scientist: This includes researchers, graduate students, professors, engineers, doctors, and other professions that use science in their daily work. Our ideal candidate is someone who has an engaging personality, is excited about their work, and wants to share it with teachers and students. We encourage the recruitment of a diverse group of scientists and historically underrepresented groups. There is no cost to participate. The registration deadline for scientists is April 10. Sign up using the DWS Scientist Registration
    • Be a keynote speaker: Ideally, this would be an interesting person with a fascinating narrative about their work. The format is similar to a 20 minute TED talk. If interested, email sarah.pipping@ousd.org

OUSD K-12 District Science Fair

  • Date: May 13 (5:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Location: Chabot Space and Science Center
  • Description: This culminating evening celebration features ~200 student projects and hosts over 600 teachers, students, families, and community members each year. We are looking for event judges. We invite you to interact with students, ask them questions about their research, and provide feedback on their work. Let us know if you are interested by completing this judges registration form.

March

Synopsys Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair (SACSEF)

    • Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (7:00 am - 5:00 pm)
    • Location: Alameda State Fair Grounds
    • Description: The SACSEF is open to all students 6th-12th grades in Alameda County and is affiliated with both the CA State Fair as well as the ISEF International Fair. Our goal is to have each student participant speak to a minimum of seven (7) judges, thus, we are in need of 500 field experts who can ask questions and evaluate student projects. We will provide breakfast, coffee, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. Register to be a Judge.

Sophomore Engineering Day

  • Date: March 12, 2020 (8:00 am - 12:15 pm)
  • Location: Pinole Valley High School - 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564
    • Rooms D108, D109, D110
  • Description: Pinole Valley High Engineering Academy 10th graders are taking Principles of Engineering this year. The Academy attempts to expose students to as many STEM hands on activities and study trips as possible throughout the year. This event is one of those methods of exposing students to various STEM disciplines. The Engineering Academy is seeking speakers to take part in this "reverse job shadow" day for 10th graders. The goal is to bring in people from industry to share with our 10th graders their work experience. Check out the schedule here. Please contact Trevor.Roberts@wccusd.net or Engpartnerships@gmail.com with your reply and the time you can speak. We look forward to seeing you.

February

Annual Junior Achievement SHE Leads STEM Summit

    • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 (11:20 am - 2:00 pm)
    • Location: Richmond Convention Center 403 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA 94804
    • Description: S.H.E. Leads connects local businesswomen and outstanding female high school students from the Bay Area in a day of STEM career path exploration. We are looking for 150 female mentors to connect and engage with our students during the mentoring part of the event. Our goal is for our students to leave feeling connected to our local economy and inspired by the career opportunities presented. You can sign to be a mentor here!

High School Manufacturing Ambassador Speaker Series

    • Date: Thursday, February 6 (11:10 - 11:45 am) OR Wednesday, February 12 (11:10 - 11:45 am)
    • Location: Aragon High School, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94402
    • Audience: 35, 10-12th grade
    • Description: Share your career path with engineering classes. Speakers should share their career path, what they do now and how they got there.
    • Contact: Helen O'Brien: hobrien@smuhsd.org

Urban Promise Academy's Career Day

    • Date: Tuesday, February 18 (9:55 - 10:45 [7th Grade], 10:48 - 11:38 [6th Grade], 1:17 - 2:07 [8th Grade])
    • Location: Urban Promise Academy, 3031 E 18th St, Oakland CA 94621
    • Audience: 35, 10-12th grade
    • Description: The purpose of our Career Day is to expose students to a variety of careers, the educational path followed to get there, and to excite them about the possibilities for their future. Volunteering would entail committing to speak to students in small groups about your career or career journey and answering any student questions. This will happen in a setting of approximately 5-8 students and you would get a chance to speak to multiple groups of students. Students will be supervised by their teachers and the small groups will be facilitated by another adult. You can commit to participating for 1 or more time slots.
    • Coordinator: David Ramirez: david.ramirez3@ousd.org

San Leandro High Speaker Event

    • Date: Tuesday, February 25 (8:05 - 11:55 am, 11:20 - 11:55 am, 12:05 - 1:15 pm)
    • Place: San Leandro High, 2200 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577
    • Students: 10 and 12th graders
    • Description: Morning Session: 8:05 to 11:55 am - Kick-off breakfast networking opportunity, Speaking in classrooms (REQUIRED FOR ALL SPEAKERS). Prepare to speak for at least 20 minutes per class including Q&A from the students. Guest speakers are asked to share their career path story: who are you? ( your goals and values), what do you do? ( past, present and the future), and how did you get there? (how did you get to where you are now?) Networking Lunch: 11:20 - 11:55 am - Network with other speakers (must participate in AM and/or PM) Afternoon Session: 12:05 - 1:15 pm - Mock Interview (Seniors interview the professionals)
    • Coordinator: Lisa Jackson: ljackson@slusd.us ; 510-618-4467

January

High School Manufacturing Ambassador Speaker Series

    • Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 ( 8:30 - 9:45 am, 10:00 - 11:15 am, 12:15 - 1:30 pm, 2:00 - 3:15 pm)
    • Location: Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland @ Various classes (volunteers check-in at the theater)
    • Audience: 300, 9th grade students
    • Description: Speakers are participating in speed networking with students. After introductions, speakers will discuss their career paths with small groups of students. Speakers will rotate between the small groups during the hour session. Contact: Tatiana Newman-Wade ; tatiana.newman-wade@ousd.org