#21 on my list of 26 Before 26 is to volunteer. At meaningful places, local races, etc. I’m registered to volunteer at a few local races this spring, but over the weekend I was fortunate to volunteer for the third year at an “Expanding Your Horizons” event; a day conference for middle school girls to excite and encourage them to study math and science.
As a “college guide” I was in charge of a small group of gals. We went to three different workshops to learn about various science/math related careers. We had a blast!
At the second workshop, “Wildlife 101“, we learned how wildlife experts track animals using radio telemetry. Then we got to meet (and pet!) Vern the Skink…
and Beetles the Hedgehog…
The girls loved that. So did I :)
During our third and final workshop “Snow in the Mountains, Water in the Fountains“, the girls learned about the importance of water conservation, snow melt, and how we in Colorado get our drinking water from the mountains.
The best part of the day is getting to hang out with young minds, and hear why they are interested in science. These girls are only in 6-8th grades, and when asked what they want to do when they grow up, many confidently exclaimed “genetic engineering!” or “marine biology!” or “architecture!”. I love that. We gotta get more young girls interested like these in science.
And I was happy to volunteer at such an event. It was a great day :)
Have you ever volunteered? Where at?
When you were young, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?