Educational Outreach Opportunities

The YTC is pleased to list opportunities for faculty, postdocs and graduate students to assist in education- and teaching-related projects, organizations and events in our local community.


MakerState STEM-Mastery MakerSpace (afterschool) for kids in New Haven is looking for two instructors for the fall who can conduct afterschool sessions for kids each week. For information on how to become a Maker Fellow, click here. 

MakerState empowers kids ages 5-18 with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) passion and skill through makerspaces in robot engineering, fashion/wearable electronics, video game design, paper circuits, 3D prototyping and printing, comic book creation, and moviemaking. MakerState hosts its makerspaces in after school and school gap time programs, community workshops, pop up makerspaces, and summer camps. Learn more about how making is transforming learning at www.maker-state.com.


Welcome Event for New “Yale Pathways to Science” Students

Please join us at a fun event to welcome many New Haven middle and high school students to STEM programs coordinated by Yale.

Date, time and location: Sunday, Sep. 21, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM in Yale Commons (168 Grove Street, New Haven, CT)

Hosts: Claudia Merson and Maria Parente

For further information: maria.parente@yale.edu


Opportunities from 2013-2014

20th Annual New Haven Science Fair in University Commons at Woolsey Hall, Yale University

The New Haven Science Fair Program was started in 1995 with seven test schools. In 2013, more than 8,000 New Haven students and almost all of the schools participated, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. The program is dedicated to improving the quality of education, and particularly science and math education in the New Haven Public Schools grades PreK through 12.

The New Haven Science Fair Program is a partnership involving businesses, institutions of higher education, associations, foundations, and private citizens, working with the public schools’ teachers, students, and administrators, and the students’ parents. The goal of the program is to work with children and teachers to help them carry out investigative hands-on science fair projects, in order to promote skills in critical thinking, the scientific process, and communication.

We will provide training for first time judges at 4 PM on Monday, May 12th.  You can find evaluation sheets we use for judging on the website under judges as well as a form to fill out to register for judging. Please go to http;//www.nhsciencefair.org and click on judges to register.  Please contact Maureen Coelho with any questions at 203-782-4334.

A number of science-related educational opportunities may be found on the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs (ONHSA)  outreach page: http://onhsa.yale.edu/science-outreach-home


The Pathways SCHOLAR program is looking for interested graduate students to teach a biology-themed course to high school seniors. Materials from last year’s course are available.  Instructors may choose to use a similar structure or propose/create new curriculum for the course. The program will provide two undergraduate teaching assistants. Instructors receive a stipend.

SCHOLAR takes place over two sessions, each with 10 days of instruction (weekdays only):

  • Session 1: June 30 through July 11, 2014
  • Session 2: July 21 through August 1, 2014

Full staff orientation and lunch: June 25, 2014

For more information about the SCHOLAR program and other science outreach opportunities please see http://onhsa.yale.edu/science-outreach-home


The Yale Science Diplomats run a number of other outreach programs aimed at teaching science to non-scientists of all ages. Please find more information here: http://onhsa.yale.edu/science-news-yale-science-diplomats

The second “Science in the News” talk will be on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street.  The announcement states, “Planaria are tiny worms that can be cut into hundreds of pieces and still regenerate a whole new worm! Come learn about how these amazing organisms do it and get a chance to see some live planaria! We will be discussing many aspects of regeneration biology, from stem cells to growing whole organs in the lab!”

“Science in the News” is a free, public lecture series that explains science in a way that everyone can understand. Funding is provided by GPSS, GSL@McDougal, ONHSA, and NHFPL.


[Also, see above] The New Haven Science Fair is back!  Students and teachers need help in the early stages of researching and defining their projects, and in recognizing the reality of what is a manageable, beneficial, and applicable research project.  Here are some ways you can help:

  • mentoring can take place in the classroom for an hour to an hour-and-a-half at a time, anywhere from now through May.
  • mentors are also needed for the less time-intensive work of helping classes brainstorm ideas and assisting families with experiments at our Family Science Nights [see announcement below].

Anyone who is interested in ANY way may contact us directly or go online at www.nhsciencefair.org and fill out the “Application for Mentors” located under the “For Mentors” tab. The application lets us find a proper match using availability, location, and discipline criteria.

Many thanks for your support! 

Mentor Coordinators: Soen Tien Wun & Lisa Anderson


“A program for mentoring Indonesian undergraduates is in its initial stages: we are currently seeking STEM graduate students and postdocs who are interested in providing advice to Indonesian undergraduates about Ph.D. programs, research, lifestyle, etc. in the U.S. The mentoring will all be done online, most likely through chat or Skype sessions or email, 1-2 times per month. The time commitment is small, and participants on both sides will benefit academically and culturally.

“If you are interested in being a mentor, please email Keerthi at keerthi.shetty@yale.edu.

“Please let other STEM grad students and postdocs know about this opportunity!”


The Yale Science Diplomats runs a number of other outreach programs aimed at teaching science to non-scientists of all ages.  Please find more information here.


*Updated February 2014* Family Science Nights: Volunteers are still needed for the New Haven Public School Science Fair Committee’s Family Science Nights activities. These events take place in the evenings in K-8 grade schools throughout New Haven. Volunteers are given an easy experiment to do, and provided with a script and talking points to help children grades 3-5 and their families follow the procedure. The activities are easy, and it is a lot of fun working with the families. If you need transportation, rides may be available. Refreshments/dinner is provided

If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to Carol Jenkins (crisp.mrsec@gmail.com or Jenkins.carol819@gmail.com).

Your name and email will go on a volunteer list and you will receive invitations to Family Science Nights as they are scheduled, so you will have an opportunity to attend and help out as you have time.