US Volunteer Programs

Here are some programs that seek STEM professionals to assist teachers and students.  If you know of other programs that should be included, please contact Betty Calinger,



  • Program:  Scientist in the Classroom
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  • Leadership:  National Center for Science Education
  • Contact:  Ann Reid,
  • Start Date: 1981
  • Description:  Volunteers are early career scientists who collaborate with teachers and students in US classrooms around the topics of climate change and evolution education.
  • Support:  Membership fees, grants, and donations
  • Program: TOPS, Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM of Santa Clara Valley
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  • Leadership:  Senior community under the auspices of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Santa Clara Valley Life Members Affinity Group, a 501 (c)(3)
  • Contact: Stephen Mori,
  • Start Date: 2012, an IEEE initiated reorganization of RESEED of Silicon Valley, the 1998 group initiated with NSF, local industry funding, in partnership with San Jose State University
  • Description:  Volunteers are in middle and elementary schools and typically attend school once a week assisting science teachers.
  • Support:  Life Member Affinity Group of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section and the Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Program: TOPS, Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science
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  • Leadership:  San Joaquin County Office of Education, Science and STEM, Stockton, CA

  • Contact: Nancy Flocchini Stenzler,
  • Start Date:  1993 with funding from California Postsecondary Education Commission

  • Description:  Volunteers teach science and engineering in elementary schools in San Joaquin County; they commit to a minimum of eight hours/month.  Most average 100 hours/year.

  • Support: Participating schools provide $1400 per volunteer (volunteer stipend $300, Lead Teacher stipend $250), additional support from grants.  Cost includes all training, support, materials and supplies.
  • Program: TOPS, Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM, Tuolumne County, CA
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  • Leadership: Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, Sonora, CA
  • Contact: Glen White,
  • Start Date: 2014 spin off of the TOPS program in the San Joaquin County
  • Description:  Volunteers (all retired) work in seven elementary schools,
  • Support: California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant (STEM-TRACKS project)
  • Program: TOPS, Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science, Livermore, CA
  • Leadership: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
  • Contact: Art Krakowsky,
  • Start Date: 1999 spin off of the TOPS program in San Joaquin County
  • Description:  Volunteers work in elementary and middle schools
  • Support: Donations from Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs and participants


  • Program:  Cool Science
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  • Leadership:  Senior community in eastern Colorado in the form of a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Contact: Marc Straub,
  • Start Date:  2002
  • Description:  Retired and still working volunteers assist executive director in providing a wide variety of fun and engaging hands-on science programs in local schools, libraries and other venues
  • Support: Small grants from local companies and foundations


  • Program:  RE-FOCUS
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  • Leadership: Julie Luft, College of Education, University of Georgia
  • Contact: Julie Luft,
  • Start Date:  2014
  • Description: Volunteers assist teachers and students in the Clarke County (GA) School District and six surrounding counties
  • Support:  AAAS national STEM volunteer grant


  • Program:  Maine School Science Volunteers
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  • Leadership:  Retired scientists and engineers in south central Maine in the form of a 501(c)(3) organization

  • Contact: Alan Burns,
  • Start Date:  1995, with support from RE-SEED

  • Description: Volunteers present topics of interest to middle school science students in the classroom and in after-school science clubs. Volunteers serve five school districts, visiting each school once a month during the academic year.
  • Support: IEEE Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, Raymond James Financial, Highland Green Retirement Community


  • Program:  RE-SEED, Retirees Enhancing Science Education Through Experiments and Demonstrations
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  • Leadership:  Northeastern University

  • Contact: 
  • Start Date: 1991, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) 

  • Description:  Volunteers assist science teachers in middle schools in the greater Boston area; they attend school once a week
  • Support: EMC Corporation, NSF (as part of a MathScience Partnership grant), and other sponsors


  • Program:  Santa Fe Alliance for Science   

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  • Leadership:  Senior community, Santa Fe, NM, in the form of a 501(c)(3)
  • Contact: Bob Eisenstein,
  • Start Date: 2005

  • Description:  Volunteers provide support to a range of K-14 activities

  • Support: National Science Foundation, Hertz-Meyer Fund, McCune Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Walbridge Foundation, and other organizations and individuals


  • Program:  Franklin (County) Science Council
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  • Leadership:  STEM professionals, teachers, and others in south central PA as a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Contact:  Frank Bellino,
  • Start Date:  1984
  • Description:  Volunteers provide special science and technology events for local students and teachers.  The Council seeks judges for annual science fair and scientists to deliver age-appropriate talks or demonstrations.  
  • Support:  Local community

WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia)

  • Program:  AAAS STEM Volunteer Program
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  • Leadership:  STEM Volunteer leadership team, Washington, DC
  • Contact: Don Rea,
  • Start Date:  2004
  • Description:  Volunteers assist K-12 STEM teachers in 10 school districts in the greater Washington, DC area; they work in schools an average of once a week for the school year
  • Support:  AAAS
  • Program:  RESET, Raising Excitement for Science, Engineering and Technology
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  • Leadership:  Science, technology, engineering and math community, in the form of a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Contact: John Meagher,
  • Start Date: 1988

  • Description:  Volunteers work in schools in the District of Columbia and these counties:  Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s in Maryland and Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax in Virginia; volunteers choose an elementary school or pre-kindergarten center and lead six hands-on science sessions in the classroom each term, with a field trip to a STEM site.
  • Support:  Foundations, corporations and businesses, and individuals