Mentors & volunteers needed for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Argonne’s annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is looking for employees interested in mentoring eighth-grade girls during the all-day event Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at the Building 240 TCS Conference Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
IGED is a diversity outreach program designed to provide young students with an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Employees interested in participating as a mentor or volunteer can register here by Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Mentoring roles are all-day while volunteer slots are available throughout the day.
For more information about mentoring/volunteering, refer to the FAQs below or contact Aimee Totleben at ext. 2-2230.
Q. Do I need to be an engineer or scientist to mentor?
A. No. Anyone with STEM experience is important and welcome. Mentors come from all fields and both female and male mentors are encouraged to participate.
Q. What does a mentor do?
A. As a mentor, you will be paired with two girls. You will accompany the girls throughout the day’s scheduled activities, which include a variety of presentations, hands-on activities, and laboratory tours. Transportation will be provided for mentors and girls to the tours outside the TCS Conference Center.
Q. What does a volunteer do?
A. As a volunteer, you will help with various tasks as needed throughout your selected time (morning or afternoon). An email will be sent to you with your specific assignments before the event.
Q. Do I need to plan any activities?
A. No, the day’s schedule is set ahead of time and will be given to you. Tours are given by tour guides and the larger group events are run by various speakers and hosts. At lunchtime, mentors will be provided lunch and eat side by side with students to foster discussion. As a mentor your main role is to guide the students throughout the day. You are also there to answer questions, encourage participation, act as role models for the girls, and help break negative stereotypes.
Q. Does IGED really matter?
A. Yes! Your time can make a difference. IGED is a special event targeting young girls before they encounter the peer pressure of high school. It gives them exposure to various STEM fields, helps them identify their interests, and meet women role models.