If you are a Madison-area educator looking for an opportunity to collaborate with a science volunteer and add or enliven science programming for elementary-age children, the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program offers multiple options.
If you are a parent looking for a science mentor for your child, ARMS offers resources to help you get more science into your child's life and become a scientific role model yourself by getting involved in science.
ARMS Classroom Partners
ARMS Classroom Partners bring the excitement of scientific discovery to elementary school classrooms. Collaborate with a graduate student scientist who will visit your classroom weekly over the course of a school year and work with you to find, adapt, or develop authentic lessons that get children thinking like scientists. Teacher participants attend four Wednesday-evening sessions of the Engage Children in Science course at UW–Madison and gain access to other community resources that build skills and provide engagement opportunities for students and their families. For more information, contact Dolly Ledin.
ARMS After-School Volunteers
ARMS After-School Volunteers help after-school educators lead science weekly as part of their programs for elementary students. Host a volunteer and lead an after-school science club together. For more information, contact Dolly Ledin.
ARMS Workshops for After-School Educators
These professional development workshops help you and your staff gain skills and confidence to lead meaningful science experiences for children. ARMS offers 2-hour workshops 4 times per year, in collaboration with the Madison School-Age Collaborative. For more information, contact Dolly Ledin.
ARMS Parents for Science
Join ARMS Parents for Science to learn about resources and programs for your child and help support science in Madison schools.
Middle School Science Symposium
ARMS matches middle schoolers with scientific mentors. From November through April, they meet weekly to work on a research project, and students present their work at a final symposium on the UW–Madison campus in May. Any child in Madison is eligible to participate. An online application and more information is available here.
Science Clubs for Elementary Students
If your children participate in an after-school program, ask program staff about science programming opportunities and find out if there’s an after-school science club. Programming is also available at many community centers. ARMS works to train and connect science volunteers to existing programs for kids so that science programming is widely available across the city.
Become a Scientific Role Model Yourself!
- Attend a Family Science Event at your child’s school or community center to learn science along with your children. Keep an eye out for flyers in your child’s backpack folder, or ask 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.
- 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. Keep an eye out for flyers in your child’s backpack folder, or ask your school.
For more information, contact Dolly Ledin.