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The nonprofit organization Science is Elemental (SIE) is looking for scientists eager to support elementary school teachers and spend a few hours a month (flexibly) answering teachers’ questions about their science curriculum. If desired (but not essential for volunteering), there will also be opportunities to speak (virtually or in-person) about your science or career to elementary school students. While some elementary school teachers are well-grounded in the sciences, most are not, as being so is not a requirement for a degree in elementary education, nor for being hired in most school systems. As a result, they may need science support from others to fully understand the material they are teaching.

The goal of this project is to provide the scientific background teachers want to know so that they can better serve their students. We need some scientists now, to complete our testing, and then more once the school year starts. Once the network is live, we plan to provide the answers to teachers’ questions within one hour.

Volunteers will use Slack to receive and answer questions. It is expected that each volunteer monitor Slack, when they have time, for questions being asked. In this manner, volunteers only provide their services when it is convenient for them to do so. Our goal is to have a sufficiently large network of scientist volunteers to allow coverage of the Slack channel for the entire day, and especially during and immediately after school hours.

The qualifications for this volunteer role are:

1) At least three years working in any science (to include computer and data sciences, and engineering fields), or three years graduate study in such fields.

2) Willingness to obtain a Science is Elemental Slack account (at no cost to you)

3) Have some time during the day to monitor the Slack channel, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.

4) Desire to help elementary school teachers instill a love for the sciences in their students.

In your response to this opportunity, please indicate if you might be available, depending on scheduling, to help SIE run some tests of the system this summer.

1 Shift

  • Mon Jul 08, 2024 - 03:00 PM to 03:30 PM EST - Spots available: 1
    This is a potential date to test the Network of Scientists Process. It can be modified to accommodate schedules

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PO BOX 61262, POTOMAC, MD 20859, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to change science education to encourage more understanding of and respect for the scientific process by all high school graduates, through starting or improving science education in the early grades. We are particularly focusing on those students who do not yet show interest or aptitude in the sciences.


Science is Elemental is committed to supporting high quality, integrated science education for all children, and particularly those who do not yet show interest or aptitude in the sciences. SIE's current and planned programs support the four strategic pillars of the organization: increasing access to science education, bringing science education to where kids are, supporting elementary school teachers in their science instruction, and supporting the ability of others to influence science education decision-making at the local level. SIE's programming includes: developing and delivering integrated science classes that engage students with activities they enjoy such as art, music and sports, building a network of scientists to support elementary school teachers, writing the first of a series of children's books showing what scientists do, developing a website that will act as a clearinghouse for science education opportunities, and developing a companion website that will act as a continuously updated clearinghouse of when and where local boards of education meet.

While our programming has reached students in Silver Spring, MD, Readington, NJ, Laurel, MD, and Baltimore, MD, we are in the process of expanding our efforts. In particular, we will be focusing our efforts to bring integrated science classes to rural communities, and within all areas, focusing on engaging girls with content they will find interesting.


Education & Literacy
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Archeology
  • Astronomy
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 24
  • 1 to 3 hours per week, at volunteer's convenience
  • Three years working as scientist or engineer or three years of graduate study in the sciences or engineering.

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