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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.

Save the date: GROW Saturday Workshop - March 5, 2022

Theme and more information to be announced 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 Girls Research Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, March 5, 2022, 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 - available soon

Activity Proposal 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. 


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: