Volunteer Outreach Opportunities

While the Outreach Coordinator is planning CAZACS events for 2020, several other STEM outreach opportunities have come up through other STEM organizations.

If you are interested in reaching a broader audience and making an impact on the community with your passion for chemistry, you might think about participating in some of these activities!

We will try to update this page and the calendar as new events become available. Feel free to bookmark this page.

Email Christina at forbescr550@gmail.com for more information about any of these events or programs!


CAZACS Outreach Opportunities

CAZACS is represented at (or organizing) the following events, and we need your help! If you want to be added to a list of volunteers that we can count on, let Christina know!

Saturday April 4, 2020 – all-day – Prescott
Prescott Regional SciTech Festival 2020
The Prescott Regional SciTech Festival promotes a culture that celebrates and embraces education, research, collaboration, innovation, and economic growth in the Prescott region, related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. The Festival offers a sneak peek at the organizations, businesses and schools promoting STEM and the Arts in the Arizona Highlands. Like us on Facebook and visit us every year for fabulous activities and fun.
How can you help? CAZACS needs activity facilitators to guide families through a small hands-on chemistry activity. All materials and training on the activity are provided, and there are several activities available to fit your chemistry experience and interests!

Sun-Sat April 19-25, 2020 – all-day, everywhere
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2020
Earth Day 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest environmental movement! ACS will celebrate Earth Day through CCEW 2020 from April 19-25 with the theme, “Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry.”
How can you help? CAZACS needs volunteers to help facilitate hands-on activities, brainstorm and plan events, participate in a creek clean-up, and more! We will also be hosting an illustrated poetry contest and will need ACS members to help judge the entries for submission to National. Planning is already starting, so contact Christina if you want to help out!

Thurs-Sun May 21-24, 2020 – all-day – Phoenix Convention Center
realtimeSTEAM Science Programming at Phoenix Fan Fusion
RealtimeSTEAM is once again partnering with Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comicon) to provide Science and Education programming during the four-day geek celebration. Phoenix Fan Fusion 2019 will include over 100 hours of panels, expos and interactive spaces highlighting the scientists, engineers and research institutions in Arizona that put the science in science fiction.
How can you help? realtimeSTEAM is currently recruiting interested panelists as they develop panel programming. CAZACS will also be hosting a Chemistry Cafe with realtimeSTEAM, an open and informal discussion with guests (an a platform to share your story about why you have a passion for chemistry!).


Other Outreach Opportunities

If you’re looking for other ways to volunteer, these might be of interest to you! (Note: while CAZACS is not formally sponsoring or participating in these events, you can still get involved! You may contact Christina and ask for more information about any of these events).

Tues-Wed February 25-26, 2020 – all-day in sessions
Mesa Public Schools’ 9th Annual Science & Engineering Fair
Mesa Public Schools is looking forward to another excellent year of student science and engineering projects to be highlighted at our spring fair. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to compete at the District Science & Engineering Fair.  First Place Winners from the District Fair are eligible to continue on to the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF), where high school students can additionally qualify for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). 
How can you help? Judges are needed to evaluate project boards, interview students, and share your expertise. Your time at this fair inspires students! Lunch and snacks will be provided. If interested, please complete this form.

Thurs-Fri March 26-26, 2020 – all-day in sessions
Arizona Science and Engineering Fair
The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair is the state level fair for Arizona. Managed by Arizona Science Center, AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county and regional science fairs across Arizona to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships.
The Grand Award winners in the Senior Division (grades 9–12) from AzSEF will be selected to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place May 10–15, 2019 in sunny Anaheim, CA.
How can you help?
Judges are needed to evaluate project boards, interview students, and share your expertise. Your time at this fair inspires students! Breakfast, lunch and training will be provided. We do ask that judges have a minimum of 2 years of college or a degree in a related field. There is a high need for judges with advanced degrees and experience to judge in the Senior Division.
– General Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles. Adults are especially needed on March 27 to assist with the Awards Ceremony setup.
Sign up for either role here

Anytime, anywhere
Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! We want to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”. This program allows us to reach students from all over the world without having to leave the lab!
How can you help? Skype a Scientist is always recruiting scientists that are looking to inspire the next generation in STEM. You and your interests will be matched to a teacher, and then you’ll coordinate your schedules to do a video chat with a classroom and engage with their students! Scientist/classroom matches are coordinated for fall and spring semesters, but you can sign up any time here.

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