Service with Youth in STEM

Integrated Science Special Topics: Service with Youth in STEM

Integrated Science 375, section 004

Two-semester series, 2 credits per semester, for undergraduates or graduate students; Part of the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program

Engage children in ways that can be transformational—you could inspire someone to be a scientist!

Learn about the process of learning, the needs and learning styles of children, how to teach the process of science, and how to evaluate informal (non-classroom) learning experiences. Then practice what you learn by helping lead an after- school science club, reflecting on your learning and sharing with your peers along the way. This course helps you:

  • Learn about mutually beneficial community partnerships
  • Expand your cultural literacy by working with underserved groups
  • Make use of what you're learning in your science courses right now
  • Expand your appreciation of science, particularly its impact on our daily lives
  • Explore mentoring as a part of the scientific process
  • Live the Wisconsin Idea


This two-semester series begins in the fall and continues through spring. Each semester, students work with after-school program staff to co-lead an after-school science club in the community. Activities typically revolve around an annual theme, such as “Energy” or “Engineering.” Ideas for lessons and activities around the theme are provided, but students can also find or develop activities based on their interests. Students continuing into the spring semester often work on developing new science activities.

Instructors include UW–Madison faculty and staff as well as representatives of partner organizations in the community.

The ARMS Program

The course is part of the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program, a partnership program that promotes engagement in science by helping adults become scientific role models for children.


Anna Courtier

Director of Service Learning
Contact Info

(608) 265-5526


Room 114B

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in geophysics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and my BS in geology and geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before coming to WISCIENCE, I taught general education and geophysics courses at James Madison University, and later served as the Science Outreach Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
At WISCIENCE, I coordinate service-learning coursework for undergraduate and graduate students and oversee the service peer leadership students. I also serve as the director of the Adult Role Models in Science program (ARMS), which supports many partnerships between the university and surrounding communities.