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Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science

Tennessee Information:

Program Description:
VSVS is a service organization composed of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who are committed to bringing inquiry-based, hands-on science lessons to middle-school students. Partners a team of 3-4 volunteers with a 5th – 8th grade classroom teacher in Metro Nashville schools. (Teachers stay in the classroom)

Each team visits the same classroom 4 times per semester and teaches a different hands-on science lesson each visit. Lessons are both enjoyable and informative. •Designed to fit the grade’s curriculum. •Are FUN and easy for the volunteers to teach. •Lesson materials are portable (fit into 1 box) and SAFE. •A manual with lesson plan is provided for every volunteer. Over 100 kits/lessons available. Lessons change each semester and are designed in accordance with the Science Curriculum Standards as set by the Tennessee Board of Education. Details of each lesson including manuals and videos can be found here. Robotics lessons are also offered at selected schools.

Time Details: 

Lessons occur 4 times during the course of the semester.

Submission Details: 

One submission per class per lab.

Outcome of the Activity: 
Our goals include to provide Vanderbilt students with an opportunity to explain science to school children, to help college students recognize their responsibilities for community service and the importance of volunteer service in schools, to provide role models for school children and to stimulate an interest in teaching as a profession.
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