Volunteering

A DiscoverE volunteers reads a book to a group of young campers.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Mentors

Are you a professional or undergraduate/graduate student in the STEM field? Mentors can volunteer to come to one of our summer camps and present about their experience in the STEM field and answer any questions the kids might have. Mentors help inspire and educate our campers about the potential fields they could go into one day.

Our Saturday camp program is currently looking for mentors in the following STEM fields:

  • Computer science/engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

We have spots open on February 29th, 2020, or April 4, 2020, in the morning and afternoon. The time committment would be around one hour. If you are interested in this rewarding and engaging experience, email devc@ualberta.ca.

Saturday Camp Volunteers

Saturday Camps run every Saturday from January 25th to April 4th with the exception of February 15th. We are looking for volunteers to help out with STEM or technology-themed camps from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, or 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturdays. If you would like to share your passion for STEM with young minds and inspire them to pursue the STEM fields, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Please click here to access the application. Deadline to apply is January 5th, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

Special Events Volunteers

DiscoverE hosts several special events in collaboration with external organizations throughout the year to help youth recognize the value and importance of the STEM fields. Volunteers will receive monthly emails about events that they can sign up for. If you are looking for a low-commitment way to contribute to DiscoverE, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Please click here to access the application. Deadline to apply is January 5th, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

Professional Volunteers

Are you a professional in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field? Have you graduated and are looking to give back? Or are you currently in an undergraduate program, and want to share your excitement in all things engineering and science as a presenter? We invite you to inspire our campers and students to work in STEM fields.

DiscoverE is open to any combination of commitment and are flexible to meet our professional volunteers' needs. You can come in and help campers with projects that are already running. You can also run a project. DiscoverE will provide the materials needed to complete projects planned by professional volunteers, will book a space/room when needed, and provide AV equipment for presentations. The ability for DiscoverE to provide materials and space relies on a combination of cost and accessibility of the materials. Availability of these materials are discussed on a case by case basis.

Our professional volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • Indigenous Elders
  • Undergraduate students from across campus, including Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science, and Biology etc.
  • Graduate students from Engineering, Physics, Pharmacy, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Professors from Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics
  • Employees from APEGA, Alberta Health Services, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, National Institute of Nanotechnology, Exciton Technologies Inc, IBM, Shell, Diavik Mines, Syncrude, Apple, Google, Canada Space Agency and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
How do professional volunteers feel about their experience?

"My favorite part was seeing how excited and enthusiastic the campers were about science and engineering. They had some great questions and were really attentive. It's always a pleasure working with individuals who are interested in what you are presenting about."
"I really enjoyed working with the groups on a project. Their enthusiasm and insights were truly something to behold."
"I always love to get kids excited about future possibilities. It gives them a sense of hope and wonder."

If you have any other questions or concerns about DiscoverE's volunteer program, please email our Special Events & Volunteer Team Lead at devc@ualberta.ca