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King School Science Volunteers

This student outreach program allows approximately 20 juniors and seniors to volunteer to help teach science lessons at local elementary schools. The program grew out of the EnLiST teacher training workshops that are offered at UIUC. Pat Shapley (a Uni parent and former professor of chemistry) designed the chemistry portion of EnLiST. In the summer of 2011, several upper chemistry Uni students assisted in the teacher workshop and their participation was highly commended. Some teachers even conspired to "kidnap" them and take them back to school in the fall. This activated a plan to create a group of Uni student volunteers to work with kids at two nearby schools: Booker T. Washington in Campaign and Martin Luther King Jr. in Urbana

Now four years into the program, Uni student volunteers continue their service in the ELL classroom of Ms. Shalonda Car at MLK. After the retirement of Pat Shapley, Christian Ray from UIUC General Chemistry has taken on lesson development. This has become an effective collaboration because we have motivated and willing partners from the UIUC campus as well as the local community. While the focus is on the learning experiences of the young children in the classroom, the high school volunteers have also benefitted greatly from the experience of practicing public engagement.

Students involved in the program have had thoroughly enjoyed the experience as they state:

Students that want to learn more or participate in this program should contact David Bergandine (dbergand).

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