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Community Service Bulletin

November 27, 2013


Dec 7: Count/Stack Legos for Science Kits

Saturday 12/7/14, 9:30-12:30 or 1:30-4:30
Register by 12/2 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmdlego120713

Help us accurately count/stack nearly 600,000 bricks for 300 classroom sets, described at http://edgerton.mit.edu/k-12/atoms-molecules-set. Manipulating Lego bricks representing atoms helps middle school students around the country model elements, compounds and mixtures with the bricks and also model more complex concepts such as chemical reactions. For volunteers age 8 and older able to focus for full, fast-paced 3-hour shift.While no science knowledge is required, this project does require manual dexterity and careful attention to detail while seated or standing.

All individuals age 16+ may only sign up themselves (and may not sign up others who are age 16+). Volunteers age 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult who also registers individually and participates fully. After you sign up successfully, you will see a confirmation screen but NOT receive an email confirmation message. Then the week before the project, PMD will email a PDF with specific information, including directions to the project site by public transit and by car, checklist on how to prepare, what to expect, directions and map, and a waiver.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Dec 8: 2013 Winter Walk

Boston Commons, 1-4:30pm

It’s about raising awareness of the issue of homelessness and raising funds to help solve the problem. It's about walking in the cold, and feeling some of the hardship that over 6,000 people in Greater Boston feel every day as they walk our winter streets looking for shelter. Did you know that the BEST way to end homelessness is to prevent it? Preventing homelessness by helping a family or elderly person stay in their own home is not just the right thing to do - it's the fiscally responsible thing to do as well. $572 can keep a family or senior in their home this winter. If that person or family becomes homeless, it will cost taxpayers $30,000 to shelter them. Support Winter Walk and help families and individuals stay out of the cold this winter. Funds raised will benefit HomeStart and Hearth, two Boston-based non-profits dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.

Dec 11: Learn/Make Cozy "No Sew" Fleece Blankets for Needy Children

Apperian, Wednesday, 12/11/13, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Since there are more than 600,000 children who live in poor or low-income families in Massachusetts, we are making beautiful, cozy, no-sew fleece (easy-to-launder) blankets to be distributed by Cradles to Crayons, which gives new and gently used essentials to children who need them the most.

While no sewing experience is required, this project does require fine motor skills and attention to detail. We seek volunteers age 16 and older to use sharp rotary cutters and perform repetitive hand motions to cut and hand-knot fleece. PMD requests that volunteers contribute $10 or more to help us offset the cost of the fleece for a blanket. (If this is a financial hardship, waiver available as part of online registration.) No partial participation can be accommodated for this or any other PMD projects, i.e., we cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures.

After you register online (and see a confirmation screen), PMD will email specifics the week before this project, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car), instructions and cutting diagram for making blankets, a checklist on how to prepare, and a waiver form.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org

Ongoing Opportunities

MEET: CS, teaching, the Middle East (Due 11/29)

Interested in tech for social good? Want to spread your love of technology for a good cause?

MEET (Middle East Education through Technology) is an NGO affiliated with MIT that teaches Israeli and Palestinian high school students business and computer science with the hopes of empowering them to bring social, political, and economic change to the region over the course of three years. Every year, MEET recruits summer instructors from MIT to come to Jerusalem and teach these topics for a few weeks over the summer. We are looking for course 6-types and management types to teach computer science and business topics, ranging from introductory Python to web development.

Applications for summer instructors are here: http://apply.meet.mit.edu/instructor and are due by November 29th. Feel free to send any questions to me (mprat@alum.mit.edu) or to mit-officers@meet.mit.edu.

Scaling Development Ventures Conference committee seeking posters from MIT students (Due 12/4)

The Scaling Development Ventures conference committee is seeking posters from MIT students (undergraduate and graduate) developing products and services intended for poverty alleviation in the developing world. The deadline for poster applications is Wednesday, December 4.

The conference, taking place on Saturday, February 8 will feature keynote speaker Paul Polak, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty. Sessions focusing on needs assessment, partnering for scale, and MIT alumni will follow.

Posters will be on display beginning with registration through the end of the day. A formal poster session will take place over the lunch period for one hour, during which the students will represent their project in person.

To represent your project at the poster session, please fill out this short application. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 9. SDV will cover all poster printing costs.

The poster session will be a great opportunity for students to network with international development practitioners and industry professionals, and to receive valuable feedback on their projects!

Please contact Sydney Beasley at sbeasley@mit.edu if you have any questions or concerns!

P.S. New to poster sessions? Here are tips on poster designing with examples: http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign.

Need Mentors for Students Grades 44 - 7

Meeting Place: MIT Campus
WHEN: Saturdays 12 - 2PM, November - January 25, No meetings on holiday weekends

This is a great opportunity to work with students who need help developing a science project for presentation and competition on January 25, 2014.

If you are interested please send an email to tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com.

Certificates are issued to all on "Project Day" January 25, 2014

Contact: Kathleen Jones, 857-209-1285

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Summer Exhibition of MIT Student Work (Due 12/2)

The MIT Museum invites proposals from MIT teaching staff and students for student project works, undertaken during the current academic year, to be included in a new Summer Exhibition of MIT Student Work that will be unveiled in the Museum's main galleries at 265 Massachusetts Avenue in time for Commencement in June 2014!

With the support of the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT), the MIT Museum's new Summer Exhibition of MIT Student Work will showcase the creative talents of MIT students to the tens of thousands of people, from all over the world, who visit the MIT Museum every summer. Drawn from across the Institute, displayed works - designs, models, test pieces, prototypes, art-works, etc. - will exemplify the Institute's legendary values of creativity, ingenuity, and practical problem solving.

MIT Museum exhibition staff will work with students whose work is selected for inclusion in the exhibition, to adapt their work for purposes of public display. Candidate project works for inclusion in the exhibition may be created by undergraduates or graduate students, by individual students or groups of students, in the course of classwork or through the activities of student clubs, and during the fall semester 2013, IAP 2014, or the spring semester 2014.

MIT teaching staff and/or students who wish to propose student project work for inclusion in the exhibition should complete the submission form or contact the Museum (see below). Student project work created during the fall semester must be submitted for consideration by Monday, December 2, 2013 at Midnight. Further calls for submission of work completed during IAP 2014 and spring semester 2014 will be issued in due course.

December 2, 2013, Midnight EST - Fall Semester 2013 entries.
Deadlines for IAP, Spring 2014 will be announced later.

Submission Form
Teams or individuals should fill out an Submission Form
Faculty or other MIT staff may propose student work via email to the address below.

Contact: summer-exhibition@mit.edu

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