Time to Invent (TTI) – Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a female undergraduate or graduate student in STEM? Are you all too familiar with being in the minority? Would like to help change this for the next generation? I’d like to introduce a great outreach opportunity through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Time to Invent (TTI) is an after-school outreach program focused on instilling a love of science and engineering in young girls . Once a month – for 2 hours – we visit a local elementary school where we lead 3rd-5th grader girls through hands-on science activities. Past activities have included building aluminum boats to learn about density and buoyancy and learning about absorption with common kitchen ingredients!

 Check out our Facebook page ! http://www.facebook.com/timetoinventuw

Why join?

– Inspire the new generation
– Help develop engaging science experiments for kids
– Connect with UW female graduate/undergraduate students from other departments

Information Session:

Day: October 6th
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Place: CSE 203

Please RSVP so we have an estimate for people and snacks. If you choose to volunteer, we will have sign-up sheets at the meeting.

RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/g3OXZTMrxWZXsR0I2

This program is also the beginning of a graduate student-focused group within the UW section of SWE – a global organization supporting the success of women in STEM fields. SWE at UW has fantastic networking opportunities with employers and other professional women, leadership workshops, conference presentations, and more.

Questions? Contact us at timetoinventuw@gmail.com


Volunteer Opportunity

Science explorers is currently recruiting graduate student volunteers to come teach fun science and engineering lessons to kids! We do everything from bottle rockets to potato circuits.

We’ll have an orientation session on Tuesday, Oct 4 at 12:30 in EEB 303. We’ll be ordering pizza for the event so please rsvp to sdrao@uw.edu if you’re interested in attending!


Sundipta Rao
Graduate Student (PhD)
Seelig Lab | University of Washington

Tinker Tank Volunteer Opportunity at Pacific Science Center

Do you enjoy sharing your passion for making things, tinkering with objects, building with mechanical parts, or experimenting with electronics? Pacific Science Center seeks creative volunteers to facilitate inside Tinker Tank, a space which aims to inspire visitors to explore new ideas through hands-on design experiences using their hands, tools, and imaginations! The position offers volunteers the opportunity to mentor visitors of all ages as they explore a variety of science, design and engineering challenges, from building rockets to designing a gravity wall and beyond.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website at https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/tinker-tank-facilitator-volunteer-adult/ for more information and how to apply.

WTS Puget Sound Mentoring Program

Need help networking or advancing within your chosen career path? Want tips for achieving your desired work/life balance? Need input on how to deal with difficult issues as work? Have experience and knowledge to share with younger professionals looking to grow? WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) is committed to developing excellence in the transportation industry. To provide support for those who work, or are interested in working, in the transportation industry WTS Puget Sound is offering a free Mentoring Program (open to both men and women).

The commitment involves monthly meetings with mentors (this year’s program runs from October 2016 to June 2017) and attending three planned events in October, January, and June. This program will provide invaluable personal and professional growth and development for those who are willing to participate. More information and how to apply can be found on their website here:http://www.wtsinternational.org/pugetsound/mentoring.

ASCE YMF Upcoming Events

Two announcements from ASCE YMF: 

This Thursday, May 19th, ASCE Young Member Forum (YMF) will be hosting their Seattle Happy Hour. Event details: 

  • When: May 19th, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: Elysian Brewing Company -1221 East Pike St, Seattle, WA (just one light rail stop away in Capitol Hill!)
  • What: Last networking happy hour of the year! Appetizers provided by YMF, as always. You do NOT need to be 21 to attend!

On May 21st, ASCE YMF will also be hosting a community services “storm drain marking” event. Event details: 

  • When: May 21, 10:00-12:00pm
  • Where: Renton, WA
  • What: Come learn and help educate Renton residents in pollution prevention techniques. We’ll mark storm drains with “Only Rain Down the Drain” decals, test your stormwater knowledge, and distribute educational materials to the public.
  • Additional Information: Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring an appetite for lunch.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to Kristina Lowthian at nalani83@gmail.com for location details. Wen responding, please indicate if you need or could provide a carpool

Husky Food Pantry Open!

The Office of the VP for Student Life, in partnership with the ASUW Student Food Cooperative, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, and the HUB, is launching a campus food pantry that aims to provide basic nutritional assistance for UW students, staff, and faculty. To participate int he pantry, the only requirement is a Husky card. The Pantry seeks to create a welcoming space where all members of the campus community have access to nourishing resources so they can thrive. No Husky should go hungry.

Campus food pantry offerings are shelf-stable, non-perishable items, including: 

  • canned fruit
  • canned chicken, tuna, and salmon
  • soups and stews
  • peanut or other nut butters (especially crunchy)
  • Shelf-stable milk alternatives (rice, soy, hemp, etc.)
  • Cereal
  • Cooking oil
  • Toiletries

Upcoming UW Campus Food Pantry Dates and Times: 

  • May 2, 11am -7pm in HUB 214
  • May 2, 11am-7pm in HUB 214
  • May 16, 7pm-9pm in ECC

Follow on Facebook for updates and happenings! Learn more at UW Student Life. Questions or Comments? Interested in volunteering? Please contact uwpantry@uw.edu or 206-543-4972

Volunteer Tutoring Opportunity with NHWA

Neighborhood House Youth Tutoring Center is looking for UW engineering students who would be interested in tutoring K-5th or 6-12th grade students! You can volunteer for either a one-time workshop or on a regular basis. In particular, they would love it if students would be interested in leading engineering-related workshops to help their students learn engineering concepts and what a career in engineering could look like.

Volunteering Time Schedule

  • Tutor K-5th students: M-Th from 4-5:30
  • Tutor 6th-12th students: M-Th 5:45-7:15

Internships and letters of recommendation are available

Location: Seola Gardens, White Center

Interested? Contact 206-466-5807 or arundell@nhwa.org for more information! 

Rebuilding Together Seattle’s Spring Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Together SeattleThere are over 37,000 low-income homeowners in the Seattle area that are in need of home repairs they cannot afford. On April 30, 2016, ASCE member volunteers will take part in Rebuilding Together Seattle‘s Spring Rebuilding Day. On this day, nearly 750 volunteers will work together on 25-30 houses and nonprofit facilities. You can be one of them!
The event is from 8 am to 4 pm, and volunteers will be provided with doughnuts and coffee, lunch, and water. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, sturdy boots, and any other gear to work in, rain or shine.  Up to 20 to 40 volunteers needed.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Jessica Aguilar at jessica.aguilar@abam.com.


Summer Program in Costa Rica with KaTO

KaTO is a design/build studio in Richmond, VA, which engages students of architecture &c4d28df517e72c32-PlayaGigante_Exterior.jpg design, engineering, and building construction to design and construct schools in developing countries. During the summer of 2016, the team will work in Richmond to design a school in Costa Rica, and travel to Costa Rica to visit the community.

The program is a hybrid between a design/build studio, a professional practice work setting, and a study abroad. Students will work as a multi-disciplinary team to create a new design for an underprivileged community, while learning the process of bringing a built project to fruition.

  • Cost: $3,250 – includes travel expenses to Costa Rica
  • Application: Resume, optional work samples and letter of interest
  • Deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2016
  • Contact: Send application materials to Marcy Wheeler – March@katoarch.org
  • For more information of KaTO 2016 projects, click here

Join Global Peace Youth @ UW

Are you passionate about peace? Do you want to engage with like-minded students who want to become not just leaders of the future, but leaders of the PRESENT? Do you want to access an international network of young leaders? If you said YES to any of these, join GPY@UW! 

Global Peace Youth at UW is a new up-and-rising campus chapter for an international NGO, focusing on youth leadership and service based on common principles and values!

They are having their first general meeting on January 29th, tomorrow, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, in CMU 230. They will have food for the first 20-30 people who attend!  Continue reading