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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. 

In an effort to keep health and safety at the forefront, the GROW/EXCITE Summer Workshop will be offered virtually in Summer 2021, June 9-11, 2021. We are currently seeking K-State faculty, staff and students to facilitate pre-recorded sessions for these events (information below.) We hope you will join us!

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. 

What opportunities do you offer?

We host Saturday and Summer Workshops--and now, virtual events!

Our in-person 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 in-person 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. 

Our virtual events are events that allow students to attend wherever they are located. Fall 2020's EXPLORATION STEM Virtual Event Week will allow students one week access to pre-recorded STEM activities, tours, and so much more! To include a live "Meet the Facilitator" session. More information on how to be a facilitator is below! 

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/EXCITE Virtual Summer Workshop - June 9-11, 2021

Unlike GROW Saturday Workshops, there is no set theme for this virtual event series. 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.  

We are limiting the virtual series to 100 participants, with space available on a first come, first serve basis. This event is open to middle-school and high-school students, or thosewho will complete grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 in May 2021. Students of all genders are invited to participate.  

Virtual Event Series Format

Virtual Summer Workshop LogoThis event will incorporate asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities. Synchronous (live) activity sessions will occur during the normal workday June 9-11, 2021. KAWSE will coordinate technology needs, such as establishing Zoom links for live activity sessions. KAWSE can also assist with session filming or pre-recording, if needed. 

Activity Planning

Activities should capture the attention of middle and high school students by including an engaging component. This means proposals shouldn't simply be a recorded PowerPoint presentation. Examples of acceptable sessions include:

  • Design and facilitate an activity for students that demonstrates your research, covers fundamental concepts, or showcases interesting phenomena in your disciplines.
  • Provide a virtual tour of your lab or research facility.

Activity proposal forms are now available in Qualtrics or Excel format, and are due by May 7, 2021. KAWSE can assist you in your session in the following ways: reimburse facilitators for supplies purchased; purchase and mail supplies to registered students for hands-on activities they can do at home; and/or provide recording assistance. If facilitators require assistance, we recommend submitting activity proposals as soon as possible so that we have enough time to accommodate the request. 

Pre-recorded sessions must be sent to KAWSE by May 21, 2021. Activity sessions can vary in length, however we ask you keep your activity within the range of 1-1.5 hours to encourage online engagement.  

Please Note: All activity proposals are due by May 7, 2021.

Activity Submission Form (Qualtrics): https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7sdMFoolAJYc8S 

Activity Submission Form: Excel Sheet, please submit to kawse@ksu.edu.  

You'll receive confirmation from us once your form has been received. 

Need More Information? 

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



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

View Photos from 2018 Summer Workshop

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