SEED studentsDo you like teaching? Do you wish you had an excuse to leave lab and talk to kids about science for a couple hours? If so, then today is your lucky day. SEED (Students for environmental energy development) is recruiting new volunteers for two awesome outreach programs in public schools near UC Berkeley.

You may remember SEED from Liz Boatman’s earlier post describing their after-school programs for 4th and 5th graders in Oakland. This year, the Water curriculum has been updated and promises to be a lot of fun. The lessons are divided into 20 weeks of classroom activities, followed by a 6-week long group project. And there are 3-6 volunteers per classroom, so that each mentor gets to engage with a small group of students.

If you prefer to work with older kids (I use the word “kid” in only the most positive sense, counting myself as a really old kid), then SEED’s second program is for you. This is the first year of an exciting project that focuses on engaging high school students. Mentors will visit Berkeley High School 7 times each semester and help a group of 10th graders to produce a video on an energy-related topic.

No experience is necessary to join, so what are you waiting for? There will be short training sessions and experienced SEED teachers in your classroom to guide you. The after-school program is once a week, for a few hours in the afternoon, and the high school program is one hour every other week. For both programs, mentors must commit to attending all sessions for the semester. Teaching is a great life experience, not to mention good professional development and an all-around fun time. Contact SEED via email to get started this fall.