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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@k-state.edu to learn more. 

We are currently hosting 2021-2022 events 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@k-state.edu or by leaving us a message at 785-532-6088.

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

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 who just completed grades 5, 6, and 7, ages 10-13. 
  • EXCITE: high school students who just completed grades 8, 9, 10 and 11, ages 13-17. 

The participants will be organized by age into groups of 10-12 students. We anticipate having 5-6 GROW groups and 2-3 EXCITE groups. Each group will rotate through a variety of activity sessions throughout the workshop. They will be chaperoned by K-State student mentors, 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.

Activity Planning

You may choose which age groups (GROW, EXCITE or both) you wish to do an activity for. In the past, presenters have elected to do a variation of the same activity for both groups, or have held 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 end Friday morning before lunch. Activity sessions can vary in length, however we ask that you keep your activity within the following ranges:

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

If 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. You are welcome to repeat your activity multiple times (the norm is 1-3 times). 

We have a small budget for activity supplies. When completing your activity proposal form, please indiciate any supplies you would like KAWSE to purchase for you. Please note that final approval of supplies is contingent upon budget availability. 

Activity Proposals

You can submit your activity proposal using our Excel or Qualtrics forms (see below). Activity proposals are due by May 13th. You will receive confirmation from the KAWSE office once we have received your proposal. If you need to make changes to your proposal, please contact Morgan Greene as soon as possible at morgangreene@ksu.edu

Excel Form - Summer 2022 Template

Qualtrics Form - https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nFdNkRnFUU7zHE


Please contact Morgan Greene, KAWSE Program Coordinator by emailing morgangreene@ksu.edu, calling 785-532-6088 or visiting 1011 Seaton Hall. 

View Photos from 2018 Summer Workshop

View Example Program Booklets:

GROW Saturday Workshop - Fall 2022 Date & Theme TBD

Fall 2022 details coming soon!

K-State faculty, staff and students will be invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math activity for middle school students at the Fall 2022 Girls Research Our World (GROW) workshop, on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Activities should incorporate the workshop theme, which will be announced soon. 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 the announced due date and will be able to be submitted using Qualtrics or Excel.

View our activity guide for more information.

Activity Proposal Form (Qualtrics) - updated form available soon 

Activity Proposal Form (Excel) - updated form available soon

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 will be available on the GROW website if you would like to register your middle school student or share with friends, http://www.ksu.edu/kawse/grow

Need More Information? 

Contact KAWSE at kawse@k-state.edu or calling us at 785-532-6088.