The STEM Initiative is an experiential learning opportunity for Syracuse University students to engage in the Syracuse community. STEM volunteers facilitate hands-on STEM activities in classroom and afterschool settings while applying the knowledge they have learned in the classroom.

STEM volunteers engage in one on one or in small groups with student participants helping students improve their science, computing, reading, and math skills. STEM volunteers also serve as role students for the student participants with whom they engage!

The STEM Initiative consists of two distinctive programs: STEM Explorers and Syracuse University Information Technology Experience (SUITE). Each program targets a specific age group of student participants within the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) and focuses on a specific STEM field.

STEM Explorers

STEM Explorers (formerly Engineering Ambassadors) is a STEM mentoring program for middle school students in the Syracuse area with support from SRC focused on the engineering aspect of STEM. STEM Explorers mission is to spark a lasting passion of STEM in middle school students with the goals of encouraging them to persist and pursue those interests into high school and beyond.

 

 

Syracuse University Information Technology Experience (SUITE)

SUITE is a mentoring program for high school students in the Syracuse area focused on the technology aspect of STEM. SUITE mission is to further that passion of STEM in high school students with the goals of encouraging them to persist and pursue those interests into high school graduation and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why volunteer with the STEM Initiative?

Experiential learning is an effective way for Syracuse University students to practice professional skills and reinforce academic knowledge. It is also an opportunity to learn about, engage with, and build relationships with the Syracuse community.

Other benefits of becoming a STEM volunteer:

· Network with other STEM volunteers.

· Use STEM experience for academic credit/volunteering hours.

· Transportation provided.

· Additional professional development opportunities (ex. SRC Day).

When do STEM sessions occur?

STEM sessions are held once most weeks during the academic semester at local schools and community organizations. STEM volunteers sign up on a weekly basis for the days and times that fit with their schedule. Commitment is approximately 2 hours (session length plus travel time).

How do I get started?

All STEM volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to engaging in the community. Group orientations are offered at the beginning of each semester, and individual orientation are available throughout the semester. Once trained, you are ready to volunteer!

To learn more about the STEM Initiative, contact us at litinits@syr.edu 

Or visit the Shaw Center in 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 102.