Become a Scientific Role Model

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The Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program offers options with various levels of commitment to match your availability, and training is provided. To volunteer, contact Dolly Ledin.

ARMS Training

UW–Madison students (graduate or undergraduate) can enroll in the year-long community-based learning course Engage Children in Science. The class provides a learning community environment for exploring theories and research in science education, practicing hands-on investigations, and sharing experiences.

Other volunteers (scientists, parents, and other community members) attend a two-hour training session to meet each other, learn techniques for cultivating scientific thinking in children, and practice leading hands-on investigations.

ARMS Volunteer Options

Lead a Science Club

Work alongside after-school program staff and lead a weekly science club for elementary children at a local school or community center. Help incorporate science investigations into after-school programming across Madison. 
Commitment: An hour or more a week, between 3 and 5 pm; must commit for an entire school year or an entire summer

Be an ARMS Classroom Partner

Collaborate with an elementary teacher to bring science to life in the classroom. Visit a school weekly to help a teacher plan and lead authentic science investigations.  
Commitment: An hour or more a week, times may vary; must commit for an entire school year

Mentor a Middle Schooler

Any middle school student in Madison can participate in the Madison Middle School Science Symposium. ARMS matches participants with scientific mentors who meet with them weekly at their school to guide them through a research project. The young scientists share their work at a symposium on the UW–Madison campus in early May. 
Commitment: An hour or more a week, between 3 and 5 pm, from November through April; must commit for the entire session

Lead an Activity at a Family Science Event

Lead a hands-on investigation related to your expertise or interests at a Family Science Event. These community-focused events include multiple activities, providing opportunities for children to share science with their families.   
Commitment: Approximately two hours per event

To Volunteer, contact Dolly Ledin.

Especially for Parents

  • ARMS Parents for Science: Join ARMS Parents for Science to learn about resources and programs for your child and to help support science in Madison schools. More About ARMS Parents for Science
  • Attend a Family Science Night at your child’s school or community center to learn science along with your children. Watch your child’s backpack folder for information, or contact your school. You can also volunteer to help organize an event—ARMS provides templates and guidelines to help, and the UW–Madison Biotechnology Center can help recruit scientist volunteers. More About Family Science Events
  • Attend a Parent Science Night (childcare provided) to participate in science investigations geared toward adults and learn how you can support your child in learning science and engineering. Watch your child’s backpack folder for information, or contact your school.