Become a Volunteer
Dreaming about becoming an engineer, a scientist, or another STEM professional begins with understanding what people in those careers actually do every day. The CPS STEM Alliance wants to promote career awareness by connecting student with real professionals.
Volunteers are an essential element to the success of the CPS STEM Alliance mission. STEM professionals, educators, parents and even students can volunteer their time and expertise to support local STEM students, programs and events. Not only can these volunteer experiences be rewarding and fulfilling from both a personal and professional standpoint, but they can also be fun and exciting.
Currently, the CPS STEM Alliance has 3 focuses - Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Robotics in the classroom and Externships for CPS Teachers. Volunteer opportunities can include...
- PLTW: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) volunteers support students in a non-traditional, project-oriented classroom setting. Volunteers might serve on a partnership team, visit a classroom or serve as mentors. PLTW volunteers and their companies may also offer job shadowing, field trips or internships.
- Robotics: FIRST volunteers work with students after school in a fun, interactive setting where they can apply science and math principles to build robots. FIRST volunteers might work with grade school and middle school students involved with FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotic challenges or at the high school level with the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) a high energy, exciting robotics competition.
- Teacher Externships: The Teacher Externship Program is helping to bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work by bringing teachers into the workplace for one week. The externships take place during the summer months or during the school breaks and teachers have the opportunity to incorporate this knowledge into lesson plans for their students.
Become a CPS STEM Alliance Volunteer
Provide us with some basic contact information. It’s that simple. We’ll follow-up with additional opportunities for you to refine your profile and help us find volunteer opportunities that fit your skills and interests.