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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. 

New! Despite limitations on face-to-face events due to COVID-19, we are excited to offer the 2020 GROW/EXCITE Summer Workshop in a virtual setting! While this is our first time hosting a virtual summer camp, we are confident it will be a rewarding experience for our facilitators and student participants. We hope you'll 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. 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.

Summer Workshop Facilitators - Offered virtually Summer 2020!

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. Last year, more than 65% of students reported that, because they participated in our summer workshops, they were more likely to pursue a career in science. 

We are limiting the virtual camp to 125 participants, with space available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • 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

To host this virtual event, we'll be working with Global Campus to launch a noncredit course using Canvas Pro. The benefits of doing so are many: it's the same Canvas platform many faculty, staff and students are already familiar with; it supports multiple teaching styles; does not require the use of an eID; and more! We'll also be offering live session using Zoom. 

View our FAQ sheet for more information about this virtual change! (Coming Soon)

Camp Format

The Summer Workshop Canvas course will be open from June 1 - June 12, 2020. The first week of camp (June 1-June 5, 2020), KAWSE staff will facilitate participants through a guided camp experience. All live sessions will occur during this week as well, unless requested by the facilitator. The remainder of the camp (June 6-12), students will be able to browse camp resources and pre-recorded sessions at their own pace.  

Activity Planning

When submitting an activity proposal, you'll have the option to select which age group your activity is most appropriate for--GROW, EXCITE or both. In the past, presenters have elected to do a variation of the same activity for both age groups, or have held two completely different activities. Our new virtually setting also offers the opportunity to host a wide range of activity types:

  • Design and facilitate a hands-on activity for students that demonstrates your research, covers fundamental concepts, or showcases interesting phenomena in your disciplines. Live or Pre-recorded activity demonstrations available.
  • Host a Career Chat to highlight your career path and other career opportunities within your field. Live sessions available.
  • Provide a virtual tour of your lab or research facility. Live or pre-recorded activity tours available. 
  • Share a lesson plan with KAWSE that you'd like us to demonstrate instead. All credit will go to you!
  • Other ideas? You can let us know your thoughts in our online activity submission form (see below)

Live activity sessions will be hosted throughout the day during normal business hours the week of June 1-5, 2020. Pre-recorded sessions can be sent to KAWSE by May 26, 2020. 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.  

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

Please Note: All activity proposals are due by May 8, 2020. To submit your activity proposal, complete our submission form through Qualtrics, or by emailing your completed Excel version to kawse@ksu.edu. 

Activity Submission Form - Qualtrics

Activity Submission Form - Excel (email completed to kawse@ksu.edu). 

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

Available this year only! Limited Need-based Facilitator Stipends

Thanks to the generous support of our partners, we are able to offer a limited number of facilitator stipends to those who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While facilitators typically volunteer their time, we recognize that these are unprecedented times. Priority will go to undergraduate and graduate students; however, all facilitators are invited to submit an application for consideration. In addition to the above activity submission form, a completed facilitator stipend application form is also required. This form is due by May 8. You will be informed of your stipend status by May 15. 

Need More Information? 

Contact KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at kawse@ksu.edu or by leaving a message at 785-532-6088. 


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