First Gen Scientists is a student organization at Arizona State University that provides an afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program to local students (grades 6-8). Our program is one year long and includes three core components:
Hands-on activities encourage a life-long passion for STEM by engaging students in inquiry-based experiences.
College mentors offer valuable perspective and serve as role models who can share their own experiences, passions, and past challenges.
Real world exposure through guest speakers and field trips provides awareness of the people and processes that lead innovation in STEM careers.
Every student in our program is paired with a volunteer mentor. We strive to create impactful mentoring relationships, and in order to ensure every student gets the attention and support that will enable them to pursue STEM in their future, we boast a 2 to 1 student to mentor ratio. Our students and mentors meet every week for two hours to engage in the activities of our unique curriculum.
We understand that all students have their own unique interests--sometimes ones that they have not yet discovered. In order to help our students find their own self-inspired niche within STEM, we provide a broad exposure to the various fields that are out there. Our curriculum is split up into modules where each module includes related activities that explore a specific field. With professional exposure as one of our core components, we also like to wrap-up each module with either a guest speaker or a field trip to a local company or institution.
Ultimately we are planning to have a 2-3 year long curriculum so that our students can have an extended involvement in STEM. We have alot of exciting modules in the works including genetics, aerospace, mathematics, and even a fun YouTube STEM module.
Become a part of the STEM outreach community
We actively recruit new mentors at the beginning of each academic semester! For the upcoming spring 2017 semester, we will have two sites for our afterschool program:
Every Monday, 3:00-5:00 PM
Every Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 PM
Mentors create an open and supportive environment that help spark students' interests in STEM and inspire them to pursue related careers. Past experiences in teaching and working with youth are preferred but not required. Prospective mentors must meet the following minimum requirements and expectations: