Outreach Opportunities and Events

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NCI Scientists in the Community seeks to benefit students and teachers in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  We also seek to help NCI participants gain additional skills in program management, teaching, mentoring, and leadership.  Volunteers are welcome to participate in a scheduled event or participate in an ongoing opportunity with flexible days and times.  Please email ncisc@nih.gov to sign up today!

Volunteers are responsible for signing up for the events as they occur, participating in any necessary meeting and/or training(s) prior to the event, and arriving in a timely manner. For events that occur during work hours, please talk to your supervisor and make sure you have their full support before attending.

If you are running late or need to cancel attendance at an event, please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible. Repeated tardiness or cancellations will result in termination from the program.

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Upcoming Events

Please check back in the fall for more events during the 2019-2020 school year!

Past Events

STEM Night: Redland Middle School (May 16, 2019)

Science nights are excellent opportunites to encourage students in STEM. We ran 3-4 tables with hands-on demonstrations.

Science Fair Judging Opportunity – Science Montgomery (March 22-23, 2019)

The Montgomery County Science Fair will take place at the Food and Drug Administration White Oak Campus. If you are interested in judging or volunteering at the event, please visit http://www.sciencemontgomery.org/index.cfm for additional details.

Frederick EOP Event: Monocacy Middle School STEAM Night (March 14, 2019)

The Education Outreach Program will set up and run several engaging science stations for this event. Lesson plans and lab directions will be sent to volunteers prior to the event and materials will be provided at the event.  Please contact Cathleen Cullen if you are interested in volunteering.

Frederick EOP Event: Butterfly Ridge Elementary School (March 5, 2019)

This is a fun and engaging demonstration which involves volunteers providing hands-on science demonstrations to five first-grade classrooms. Lesson plans and lab directions will be sent to volunteers prior to the event and materials will be provided at the event.  Please contact Cathleen Cullen if you are interested in volunteering.

Chromosome Lab: Wheaton HS (February 28, 2019)

During this lab, we will assist the students in chromosome slide preparation, staining, and visualization under the microscope.

Frederick EOP Event: Urbana Library Teen Club - Hands-on Science Lessons (February 28, 2019)

This is a fun and engaging demonstration which involves volunteers providing hands-on science demonstrations to middle and high school students. Lesson plans and lab directions will be sent to volunteers prior to the event and materials will be provided at the event.  Please contact Cathleen Cullen if you are interested in volunteering.

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS (January 30, 2019)

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. This month’s speaker will be Elizabeth Siembida.

NCI Frederick Education Outreach Program Event: Teen Club at Urbana Library (January 24, 2019)

During this fun and interactive program students will engage in Chemistry Science Investigating Polymers. Students will observe polymerization reactions and build a foundation for future studies involving polymer chemistry and physical and chemical reactions. Lesson plans and lab directions will be sent to volunteers prior to the event and materials will be provided at the event.  Please contact Cathleen Cullen if you are interested in volunteering.

NCI Frederick Education Outreach Program Event: Monocacy Elementary School’s STEAM community Night (January 23, 2019)

Students and families will flow in and out of classrooms to explore and engage in various STEAM related activities. The EOP will be providing the science piece to this program. Volunteers will be given lesson plans before the event, and all materials will be provided at the event. Please contact Cathleen Cullen if you are interested in volunteering.

Career Day: Hyattsville Middle School (November 5, 2018)

Strengthening the student population positively impacts the community as a whole as Hyattsville MS endeavors to provide students who are better prepared to enter the workforce, be productive, and responsible citizens. Therefore, you are cordially invited to make a career presentation during our College and Career Day event. Presentations should be 40 minutes in length and you will present twice to 25-30 students ranging from 6th to 8th grades. 

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton High School (November 14, 2018)

Leslie Kennedy, Ph.D. spoke with students about her research experience in NHLBI, where she works understand the transcriptional regulation of the developing heart, and how perturbation of a transcriptional network can contribute to the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy.

Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are ongoing with flexible days and times. If you are interested in participating, contact us.

Curriculum Development: MdBio Laboratory Activities

MdBioLab’s curriculum includes laboratory activities appropriate for a variety of classes ranging from basic biology and chemistry to AP biology and environmental science. All activities are focused on problem-based learning with real-world applications that align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Maryland Science Content Standards. Activities include common bioscience techniques such as DNA extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis, and relevant themes such as alternative fuels, bioengineering, and crime scene investigation.

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series: Wheaton High School

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. There is no requirement for a specific background, but you will get to share the details of how you arrived at your current position. You will have 30-40 minutes to discuss when/how you decided to become a scientist, your path to NIH, as well as any advice you may have for a high school student interested in becoming a scientist. For this opportunity, the timing will be dependent on your schedule and you are responsible for coordinating with Wheaton after the initial sign-up.

Journal Club: Poolesville High School

A journal club was developed for the juniors at Poolesville High School.  Although students will be meeting on the weekly basis, NCI-SC will check-in with the students on a monthly basis (one Friday a month) to manage the progress of the students.

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