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Community Service Bulletin

April 25, 2012

Spotlight

Cambridge Science Festival 2012 (4/20-4/29)

Final chance to place your vote! MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Community Choice Vote open through April 29!

It's the final week of the Community Choice Vote! Come meet the 37 teams entered this year. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the Institute are working with communities around the world to develop new technologies, systems and methods for tackling challenges such as access to energy, water, education, employment and much more. Support three teams of your choice with your vote to help them win a $1,500 Community Choice Award. Vote at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu

And then!
Join us at the 2012 Awards Celebration on May 3 at 7:00pm in 32-123. Come early to meet the teams in person. http://mitideasgc-esli.eventbrite.com/

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Boston Technovation Challenge Pitch Night (4/26)

The Technovation Challenge <http://iridescentlearning.org/technovation-challenge/> is a program that encourages high school girls to pursue careers combining technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to inspire them to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs.

Through the Technovation Challenge we partner high-school girls with university and professional women in computer science and technology over 10 weeks. The girls learn the basics of programming and develop phone apps using App Inventor (a Scratch-based, visual programming language). They also learn about entrepreneurship and marketing and pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts and VCs at the end of the program.

This season we have 400 high school girls (from the Bay Area alone) and 120 participating in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles. We are very excited about doubling our impact this year and seeing more than a 100 app ideas originate from the girls. This year's theme is science education. The girls will be proposing app ideas that would help make science education more engaging. We are very excited to see what they recommend!

The event will be held at MIT from 5-8PM. Please visit our Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3168630459 invitation to get more details and to RSVP. Please contact Tahani at Tahani@iridescentlearning.org with any questions.

Attend or Pitch your idea at the 2012 MIT Sustainability Summit: The Horizon Event (4/27)

The Fourth Annual MIT Sustainability Summit, sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center, offers a look at the current successes, emerging solutions and new paradigms that can lead us to an environmentally and socially sustainable future.

Renowned investor Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of GMO Asset Management, leads off a day of discussions; joining him will be Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres; Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact at Starbucks; and Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation. Also joining us for panels and workshops are faculty experts from across MIT; session topics include scaling social enterprises, socially-mediated collective action, the promise of big data, transportation alternatives, and geoengineering. Attendees include leaders in business and academia, along with students from across MIT and other universities.

During lunch time (11:45 PM to 12:45 PM) on April 27 at Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA, 02141, five teams will have the unique opportunity to pitch, network and get feedback from leaders in business, technology, and academia attending the summit. Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHgwNzA0RXNHYktaX3FIMEJySzRNanc6MQ

The event will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 8:45am-6:30pm at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. For more information and full program details, please see http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/

Everybody LOVES Science! Volunteer Opportunity with Science Club for Girls (4/28)

Spring has sprung: the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and Science Club for Girls is throwing our 3rd Annual Everybody LOVES Science event Saturday April 28th, 2012. Want to check out what it is like to be a mentor-scientist with SCFG? Join us this Saturday to volunteer at Everybody LOVES Science and meet program staff, the girls of SCFG, and other mentors involved with the program.

Everybody Loves Science is our end of the year celebration! We bring together girls from all our sites from across Massachusetts to showcase all of the amazing things they have learned and done during the year. You can experience the exciting world of SCFG in one afternoon through hands-on and interactive displays created by our girls and their junior mentors and mentors, as well as guest from companies and organizations from the area. You, too, can use your brains and your hands and make a big mess!

The next ELS will be held on Saturday April 28th, 2012
at the Vertex Atrium 675 W. Kendall Street, Cambridge. 3 shifts of volunteers are needed: Event Set-Up Specialist (10AM-1PM), Event Volunteer (12:30PM-3:30PM), and Post-Event Specialist (3:30PM-5:00PM)

Interested in Volunteering with us? Email me asmith@scienceclubforgirls.org or call 617-391-0361 ext 103. We'd love to have you come join in on the action and learn more about Science Club for Girls!

Spring Beaver Dash 5K Race (4/28)

Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Spring Beaver Dash 5K Race on 4/28. Sign up in relay teams or as individuals. For more info and registration: beaverdash.mit.edu

The event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:30 am - Individual Race, and 10:30 am - Team Relay Race on the Kresge Lawn. Sponsored by UA, LEF, and Spring Weekend.

Impact the Life of a Teen/Young Adult with a Developmental Disability

EMARC is a non-profit that has been supporting individuals and families with developmental disabilities to live, work and play in our communities for over 50 years. We are seeking a few volunteers who are reliable, independent and willing to take initiative to volunteer one weekend per month at our Journey to Independence Program. The focus of this program is providing participants the opportunity to acquire and practice skills necessary to live and work in the community. Using a home in Andover as our base, we will teach health, money, cooking, cleaning, employment, social activities and safety skills. Volunteers will work with experienced staff. Experience with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities is preferred.

The Journey Program takes place one weekend per month and runs from Saturday at 11:00 am, overnight, until Sunday at 4:00 pm. This can be broken down into time shifts if need be. Female staff preferred for the overnight due to shared sleeping arrangements. Obviously the least amount of transition with staff is ideal but not required.

If interested, please contact: Pat Simons, Volunteer Coordinator volunteers@theemarc.org or781.942.4888 ext. 4032, or visit www.theemarc.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Innovate Earth Day for GOOD (deadline 5/15)

On April 22, communities around the globe will mobilize to protect and restore our planet’s natural resources. Now more than ever, the world needs all hands on deck in the fight against climate change, deforestation and habitat loss. How would you rally your city behind a key preservation issue this spring? GOOD Maker will award a $2,000 grant to the top-voted idea that furthers the message of Earth Day. We recommend submitting a creative plan of action that would drive local participation and awareness such as a field trip or a fun workshop. Why not organize a trail cleanup? Or take a group of first graders on a birding adventure? Maybe you’ll plan an organic food festival, or beautify a neglected corner of your neighborhood with tree seedlings. Report back here with your proposed Act of Green, and you could win a grant to bring your idea to life. Please note that projects can be implemented within six months of the award date; they do not need to be carried out on Earth Day.

Submit a proposal between April 17 and May 15 (noon Pacific Time). From May 15-31, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

Email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions. Connect with this challenge on twitter at @GOODmkr and follow the conversation via #GOODEarthDay. http://earthday.maker.good.is

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Internship at the Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR)

The Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR), a joint initiative of McLean Hospital and Harvard University is looking for a student intern to help create educational training videos for a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The student will videotape science programming in afterschool settings in the Boston area, and then with the supervision of PEAR staff, will edit raw footage to create 4-6 short (15-30 minute) videos for use in training sessions where participants will view the videos and rate program quality on 12 different dimensions.

Student must have access to his/her own video equipment, including audio. Editing on a Mac with access to Final Cut Pro preferred.
Immediate availability.

For more details about this internship, please contact: Jane Aibel
Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency, at 617 484-0466 ext. 204 or jaibel@mclean.harvard.edu website: www.pearweb.org

Internship Opportunity with SciStarter

Search the web for new citizen science projects; invite organizer/practitioner to add the project to SciStarter’s Project Finder (there's a specific protocol for reaching out to the practitioner and guiding him/her; we can send you the template).

Draft project descriptions of citizen science projects for inclusion in the Project Finder. For every 5 new projects added, you may post one original blog post--with guidance re: appropriate topics-- for the SciStarter blog.

Stoke activity by posting comments on the SciStarter blog and posting comments on citizen science-related blogs and websites. Implement social media campaigns to target influencers on Facebook and Twitter, highlight SciStarter blog posts and projects, and recruit new followers. Outreach to organizations and key influencers, including: public affairs personnel at museums, citizen science organizations, universities, community volunteer officers, etc.

Note: all of the work is done virtually but we will have bimonthly conference calls. For more information, please visit http://www.scistarter.com/

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