The Outreach Committee of the San Diego chapter of AWIS is dedicated to nurturing and educating girls and young women interested in science and science-related fields. Our primary goal is to teach young women that they all have the ability to enjoy and succeed in the areas of science, math, engineering, and technology.
Most importantly, we aim to demonstrate to young women that science is fun!
Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
Held the first Sunday in November at Balboa Park, ChemExpo is part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) San Diego chapter's annual celebration of Chemistry Week. Information about this and other events hosted by the San Diego ACS chapter can be found at http://www.sandiegoacs.org/events/ The event is attended by ~1500 middle and high school students, plus parents and teachers. AWIS-SD outreach presents hands-on experiments designed to “wow” the students with chemistry's diversity and ubiquitous nature.
Undergraduate Career Panel: Exploring Careers in Science and Engineering- a day for undergraduate women
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is an annual conference held at the University of San Diego (USD). Approximately 600 sixth- to tenth-grade girls from throughout San Diego County participate in three workshops throughout the day in small groups (approximately 10-15 students), escorted by two female college mentors. This is a great opportunity to have fun and motivate young women to pursue science, math, and technology! The Outreach Committee provides volunteers to present at a number of different hands-on science workshops. If you have an interest in leading a workshop, but aren't sure what to do, the Outreach Committee can provide suggestions, and complete instructions for workshops from a variety of different science and engineering disciplines. Most are very simple to learn and execute, and all costs for materials are reimbursed by AWIS SD. The EYH Conference is usually held at USD in early March. Please visit the EYH website for more information: http://www.eyhsandiego.org.
Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF)
San Diego Science Festival
Sally Ride Science Festivals
The Sally Ride Science Festivals (www.sallyridefestivals.com) occur in a variety of locations throughout the country. Several organizations and companies put together hands-on activities at booths for the girls (5th-8th grade) to explore many different areas of science. In addition, there are focused activities for girls in break-out sessions. The Outreach Committee has participated in Sally Ride Science Festivals at UCSD, CSULA and UC-Irvine by providing a booth with hands-on activities. See the Events Calendar to volunteer for upcoming festivals in our area.
Get involved with an international nonprofit (http://www.soinc.org ) that is devoted to improving the quality of science education, creating a passion for learning science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad builds tremendous enthusiasm for science even among students that may not otherwise find it interesting. That may be because it is a "team sport" with the students receiving positive feedback for academic prowess from their peers. Science Olympiad is a tremendous opportunity to nurture future scientists and a very concrete way to make a difference. Besides, it's fun! There is something for everyone to do, regardless of level of commitment. The San Diego regional competition (http://www.sandiegoso.org/index.html) is held in February.