Volunteers help drive student achievement

July 19, 2018

At the MPS STEM Fair this spring, held at Miller Park, dozens of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to create a successful event for students by serving as chaperones, greeters, guides, judges, content experts, and to assist with planning, setup, and tear down. Students enjoyed a rich experience by displaying their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects, talking with judges, and learning about DNA extraction, welding, worm composting, and more from local experts.

Volunteers came from across the city to work with students and included corporate representation from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Waukesha Technical College, Arts @ Large, and other partners. More than 500 students from 48 schools displayed their science knowledge and practiced their public speaking skills during the judging of their projects.

Students were enthusiastic about presenting their projects to judges who work in STEM fields and about their experience at Miller Park. Volunteers commented that they were impressed with the students’ expertise and the large scope of the event. Several judges remarked that they volunteered last year and were excited to return this year.

MPS has hundreds of volunteer opportunities for individuals, small groups, or large corporate partners. Activities include reading to children, judging events like the STEM Fair, tutoring, planning events, conducting mock interviews, and mentoring. Volunteer opportunities are available working with children from K4 to 12th grade.

To learn more about volunteering, visit our Volunteer webpage at http://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/en/Community/Get-Involved/Volunteer.html.