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2018 GROW & EXCITE Summer Workshops - June 2018

Specific dates to be determined.

GROW & EXCITE are outreach programs for middle and high school students. They are designed to encourage and support girls' interest in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) disciplines. K-State faculty, staff, and students are invited to design and facilitate hands-on activities for workshop participants. 

Unlike GROW Saturday Workshops, there is no set theme for the summer workshops. Our goal is to provide students with hands-on experiences in a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and introduce them to career options in STEM. 

The summer workshops are normally attended by 50-100 students

  • GROW: middle school students, just completed the 5, 6, & 7th grades, ages 10-13
  • EXCITE: high school students, just completed the 8, 9, 10, & 11th grades, ages 13-17

The participants will be organized by age into groups of 8-10 students. Each group will rotate through a variety of activity sessions throughout the day. They will be chaperoned by K-State students, who will make sure the groups arrive and leave activity sessions on time. The chaperones will also be available to assist presenters throughout their activity as needed.

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Why Facilitate an Activity?

Not only is facilitating an activity for GROW & EXCITE a great recruitment opportunity for your college, department, and field, faculty often use these experiences to demonstrate the broader impacts of their research in grant proposals. Students may also use this experience as volunteer credit and include it on their resume. KAWSE is happy to provide documentation and/or letters of support for those who collaborate with us.  

Activity Planning

You may choose which age groups (GROW or EXCITE) you wish to do an activity for, or you are welcome to do an activity for both camps. In the past, presenters have elected to do a variation of the same activity for both age groups, or do two completely different activities.

You are welcome to reserve a lab or classroom of your choice for your activity, or KAWSE can reserve a room for you.

Activity sessions are hosted throughout the day during normal business hours. They begin on Wednesday in the afternoon, take place all day Thursday, and final sessions are held Friday morning before lunch. Activity sessions can vary in length, however we ask you keep your activity within the following ranges:

  • GROW: 1-2 hours
  • EXCITE: 1-3 hours

In order to give more students a chance to participate in your activity, we ask that you consider presenting your activity at least twice, if your availability allows. There may be as many as 5 groups for each workshop (GROW or EXCITE), and you are welcome to repeat your activity multiple times for all groups.  

We have a small budget for activity supplies available. We would be happy to purchase approved supplies on your behalf if they are requested by May 2018. 

Activity Proposals

Please submit the following initial information about your activity idea and availability via our online Activity Proposal Form. Updates to your proposal can be sent anytime to the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, at sjheiman@ksu.edu. We will do our best to include all interested facilitators and activities in our workshop.  

You will need the following information to complete the activity proposal form: 

  1. As soon as you can provide
    1. Your activity topic  - general idea of what subject you will be covering
    2. Workshop/age group that you would like to work with
      1. GROW – middle school students, ages 10-13
      2. EXCITE – high school students, ages 13-17
      3. Both GROW & EXCITE
        1. Will you be doing the same general activity for both age groups, or two different activities?
    3. Length of activity session
      1. GROW – between 1-2 hours
      2. EXCITE – between 1-3 hours
    4. Your availability throughout the event - select all that apply
      1. Wednesday June 7-  Afternoon
      2. Thursday June 8 - Morning
      3. Thursday June 8-  Afternoon
      4. Friday June 9- Morning
    5. Number of sessions - How many times would you be willing to repeat your activity during the workshop?
      1. 1-3 times is the norm
      2. 5 times per age group (GROW/EXCITE) is the maximum
    6. Activity Location
      1. Either the room number of a location you have reserved, or let us know if you would like KAWSE to reserve a room for you (please include the following information if necessary)
        1. A/V needs
        2. Preference of desk style (moveable tables, flat desk tops, etc…)
        3. Access to water/handwashing/bathrooms
        4. Other room needs
  2. By May 2018
    1. Title of your activity
    2. Brief description of your activity for the students (1-3 sentences)
    3. Names of anyone helping you present
    4. Any activity supplies you need our office to provide/order

Activity Proposal Form

Need More Information? 

Contact KAWSE Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, at sjheiman@ksu.edu or (785) 532-6088.