The choice of a school with which you wish to partner is up to you. Several factors may impact that choice:
• Proximity to where you live
RESET serves schools in the DC metro area, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
• The type of student population you wish to work with
For example, you might prefer to work with students who have special needs, students from low-income neighborhoods or students who are gifted/advanced learners.
• Student age
Some volunteers prefer to work with very young children (PreKindergarten), while others prefer elementary school or middle school students.
• Ongoing teacher relationships
Many volunteers build strong relationships with specific teachers over the years, and prefer to continue those relationships.
RESET’s Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator will discuss these options with you and match you with a school that best meets your preferences.
As a volunteer you have a number of program options to choose from. Most of our programs are offered during regular school hours in elementary schools. However, there are a variety of other options available to suit your schedule and needs.
• RESET In-School Program
This program operates during regular school hours (M–F) in numerous PreK, elementary, and middle schools throughout the DC metro area.
• RESET Extended Day Program
RESET also provides extended day programs at several schools. Many of these programs serve a large percentage of minority and economically disadvantaged students. These programs typically operate between 2:45 and 5:30, and vary from school to school.
• RESET PreK Program
In addition to our elementary/middle school program, RESET offers a program for PreKindergarten children and their teachers. This program uses RESET volunteers to present hands-on science activities to 3- and 4-year-old students, and to train child development center teachers in how to independently guide their classes in hands-on science learning. This program has been delivered at PreK centers, as well as the DC Public Library. At several early learning centers RESET volunteers meet with groups of teachers and train them in the science underlying the experiments, relevant vocabulary, and how to lead students in the use of scientific equipment. A package of needed materials is provided to each teacher to use with her or his children.
• Team Programs
As a growing percentage of RESET volunteers are working professionals, RESET actively seeks alliances with professional societies and government and private organizations to reach those scientists and engineers. Through partnerships with several federal agencies, RESET provides teams of volunteers to various schools. Currently, RESET partners with the Association for Women in Science, (AWIS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Society for Neuroscience (SFN). The partner organization volunteer team approach offers flexibility for working professionals, as sessions can proceed even if some team members are unavailable due to work responsibilities.
Note: If you are an employee at one of these organizations and would like to become a RESET volunteer, we would be happy to provide you with the name of our contact in your group.
• RESET Saturday Program
In 2014, RESET began a partnership with the NIH-affiliated organization, Curiologie in the Classroom, providing hands-on science for middle schools on Saturday mornings.
• RESET Summer Program
RESET has had summer programs in E.L. Haynes Elementary and at the Smithsonian Museum in Anacostia, both in DC. RESET also sometimes receives requests for volunteers to provide hands-on STEM lessons to students at summer camps.
RESET has a partnership with George Mason University where students in their education program receive academic credit for unpaid internships of 45 hours with RESET. We are interested in partnering with other educational institutions that offer internships or practica for which RESET may qualify.
Interested, but want to learn more? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.