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Facilitate a hands-on STEM themed activity with GROW and EXCITE!

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

Why facilitate an activity?

Not only is facilitating an activity 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 collaboration for those who collaborate with us. Contact KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at kawse@ksu.edu to learn more. 

We are currently anticipating that our 2021-2022 events will be held in-person. However, we will continue to follow K-State, KDHE and CDC guidance and prioritize the health and safety of our staff and participants. 

What opportunities do you offer?

We host Saturday and Summer Workshops.

Our Saturday Workshops, held once per semester, are open to middle-school students (grades 6-8). Each Saturday Workshop has a theme and activities should relate to that theme. These events last from 9 AM to 3 PM, with hands-on activities occurring at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM.

In contrast, our Summer Workshops are open to middle and high-school students. Held the first week of June, the Summer Workshops are 3-days, 2-nights long and have no set theme. Activities can occur at various times and for various lengths during these workshops. 

How can I learn more?

Read below for more information on our upcoming Saturday and Summer Workshops. If you have additional questions, contact KAWSE via kawse@ksu.edu or by leaving us a message at 785-532-6088.

GROW Saturday Workshop: October 23, 2021

"Creating a Better World Through STEM + Arts & Design"

***Please Note: Because of ongoing COVID restrictions, registration for this event is lower than anticipated, and we anticipate 30-40 students in attendance.***

GROW 2021 LogoK-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Research Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, October 23, 2021, on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Activities should incorporate the workshop theme, “Creating a Better World Through STEM + Arts & Design.” Many STEM fields (including architecture, planning and design) help create a more sustainable, healthy, or equitable world. In this Saturday Workshop, we will showcase the role that STEM fields and professionals play in creating a better world. Activity proposals should relate to this theme. KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, is available to help brainstorm activity ideas and relate facilitators’ area of expertise to the event theme. KAWSE can also help find student volunteers to assist with the activity.

Activity sessions are 45 minutes long and attended by 8-12 middle school students at a time. Sessions begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM. Facilitators may choose to host the morning sessions, afternoon sessions, or all sessions. A GROW student employee will chaperone each group to and from sessions, and will be present during the activity to help facilitate as necessary. A free lunch is provided at noon for those facilitators who request one. Activity proposals are due by October 8, 2021 and can be submitted using Qualtrics or Excel.

View our activity guide for more information.

Activity Proposal Form - Qualtrics, due October 8, 2021

Activity Proposal Form - Excel, email to kawse@ksu.edu by October 8, 2021

The KAWSE office is happy to provide letters of support to grant agencies for those who collaborate with us. If your grant allows, please consider including KAWSE as a part of your budget. To learn more, please contact Morgan Greene

Expected attendance is between 80-100 middle school students, grades 6-8. The GROW program is organized by the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE). Event registration information is available on the GROW website, http://www.ksu.edu/kawse/grow

Need More Information? 

Contact KAWSE at kawse@ksu.edu or by leaving a message at 785-532-6088. (Note: as we return to in-person work, there will be a delay in returning any phone calls. Email is the quickest way to contact us at this time.)


GROW/EXCITE Summer Workshop - June 8-10, 2022

Thinking about facilitating for Summer 2022 and curious what the workshop typically looks like? 

View Photos from 2018 Summer Workshop

View Example Program Booklets: