Become a Mentor

The Science Fair Mentoring Project relies on volunteers from the community to mentor the students it serves. The more mentors we have, the more students we can help. Below is some information on the responsibilities, rewards, and requirements for becoming a mentor for this program.

 

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Complete a short online training

  • Flexible schedule: volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows

  • You do not need to be a science-minded person: support, training, and guidance provided to mentors throughout the program.

  • Background check required at no cost to volunteers

 

Benefits to mentors include:

  • A fulfilling opportunity to be engaged in and give back to the community (pay it forward).

  • An opportunity to impact and inspire our youth by helping them build confidence, grow interpersonal skills, and explore science in a way they may not have otherwise been able.

 

How We Support Mentors

We will send weekly email reminders with information to mentors so you know what is going on each week before you attend the session. 

Assist with any questions you have. You don't have to be science-minded to volunteer with this program.  You just need a interest and willingness to work with kids.  We will take care of the rest.

 

Read what past mentors have said about our program

 

Ready to sign Up?

  1. Complete this online form to let us know you want to mentor.

  2. Complete a simple online background check conducted and paid for by Austin Public Schools. If you have passed a background check with Austin Public Schools in the past 3 years or are a student in the Austin Public Schools district, you do not need to complete this step.

  3. Complete the project orientation online at your convenience. This orientation will help mentors learn more about this program, its origins, goals, the student population at Austin Public Schools, how to connect with their mentees, and the scientific method.

This program currently offers after-school mentoring for 3rd and 4th grade students at Neveln Elementary School and mentoring during the day to 4th-grade students at Banfield and Southgate Elementary Schools.

 

Mentoring at Neveln Elementary School

Below are dates mentoring is being conducted at Neveln Elementary School. Mentors are not required to attend every mentoring date. Volunteer as your schedule allows.

Please be at Neveln at 2:30 pm. Mentor sessions end at 4:00 pm. Mentoring dates for the 2019-20 program are provided below. You do not need to attend all of these dates to mentor at Neveln. Volunteer as your schedule allows.

  • November 21

  • December 5, 12

  • January 9, 16, 23, 30

  • February 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Mentoring at Banfield Elementary School

Our program at Banfield Elementary School is provided in two 4th-grade classrooms and is administered by their teacher at the school.  The program guides the students through lessons on the scientific method, forming a hypothesis, and collecting data culminating in a classroom experiment.  Students are also provided with all of the supplies necessary to complete and present a project for the science fair.

We need volunteers to help these students complete their experiment and build their boards for the science fair in January and February. Exact dates and times volunteers are needed will be posted in December.

For helping students complete their experiment, volunteers need to be able to complete the steps of their experiment (students will have a copy of this and all of the supplies they need to complete the experiment) and record their data on a data table (also provided to students).

For helping students build their boards, volunteers need to be able to help students organize and create their trifold board for the science fair (all supplies provided) and practice their presentation.

People can volunteer as much as they are able.  Come for one hour on one day or volunteer on multiple days.  Whatever works for you.    

Please email us at sciencefairmentormn@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like to volunteer at Banfield.

Mentoring at Southgate Elementary School

Our program at Southgate Elementary School is provided to 4th graders only and is administered by the teachers at the school.  The program guides the students through lessons on the scientific method, forming a hypothesis, and collecting data culminating in a classroom experiment.  Students are also provided with all of the supplies necessary to complete and present a project for the science fair.

We need volunteers to help these students complete their experiment and build their boards for the science fair in January and February. Exact dates and times volunteers are needed will be posted in December.

For helping students complete their experiment, volunteers need to be able to complete the steps of their experiment (students will have a copy of this and all of the supplies they need to complete the experiment) and record their data on a data table (also provided to students).

For helping students build their boards, volunteers need to be able to help students organize and create their trifold board for the science fair (all supplies provided) and practice their presentation.

People can volunteer as much as they are able.  Come for one hour on one day or volunteer on multiple days.  Whatever works for you.    

Please email us at sciencefairmentormn@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like to volunteer at Southgate.