High School Student
Are you interested in doing science investigations with younger children
in urban communities?
If so, you many be interested in Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery.
Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery (SF) is an after-school mentoring
program for children ranging in age from 10 to 15.
SF brings together supportive adults with inner-city youth to investigate
science topics of mutual interest. Mentors work collaboratively with
one or several mentees at local community-based organizations (CBOs)
that are equipped with simple tools and materials to support exploration
and experimentation. The goal is to build enjoyment in science, to
develop skills, and to gain confidence in one’s own abilities.
While Science Firsthand has been designed for adult mentors, we have
found that some ambitious high school students are engaged by the
challenge of working with younger children. Because the program is
quite flexible in the choice of topic, high school students can work
with young people to create investigations that engage them equally.
Sessions usually take place in a community center that is equipped
with a small laboratory run by a manager who can help facilitate the
mentoring relationship, so a committed high school student can be
successful even though he or she has a limited knowledge of science.
The most important feature of the mentoring relationship is the bond
that develops between mentor and mentee as co-investigators.
If you want to know more about the program, contact
to a short survey so that we can learn about your interests and needs,
or click on one or more of the following:
What is a science mentor?
What is a community-based organization?
Examine the Science Firsthand Manual for College Mentors.
Voices from the Field
Seeing what my students get out of science was rewarding. It’s
exciting to see them getting excited about learning…I also learned
a lot from helping students.