Welcome to SCience Outreach (SCout), the premier student run local elementary science outreach group at the University of Southern California.
SCout is a student organization on campus geared towards fostering an exciting scientific learning environment for elementary students in the surrounding community. Each week, our "Scouts" visit Weemes Elementary School and lead classroom lessons and after-school enrichment sessions for the students. Ranging from lessons about music to hands-on ice cream making, our program aims to excite the students about science and encourage them to pursue an education in science. Additionally, many of our "Scouts" act as mentors and we strive to act as proper role models for the elementary students. If you're interested in joining, feel free to click to links to get more information.
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Science Outreach, or SCout, was established at the University of Southern California in order to foster scientific literacy at the university and in the surrounding community.
Our goal is to give USC undergraduate and graduate volunteers the opportunity to present a fun, entertaining, and safe science lessons to elementary school students. We also want to help teachers enhance their instruction by supplementing their science curriculum. Additionally, we believe that elementary school children will greatly benefit from having college students as role models and hope that our programs will stimulate more interest in science as a profession.
The goal of Science Outreach is to not only motivate students to become scientists, engineers, physicians, and educators, but to also foster a scientifically-minded and scientifically-literate generation of people that our future depends on.
Come to a meeting or event and check us out!
Exit campus from Gate 8 in between KAP and DRB. Cross the street and continue down 36th Place for approximately 2 blocks.
Continue a little past Budlong Ave and the entrance to the school will be on your left. Once you enter through the front, turn left into the hallway and the office will be on your left.
Enter the parking lot directly across from Budlong Ave. On the right, there is a brown fence and behind that fence there are bike racks for you to park your bike. Right next to the bike racks there is a door that will lead you into the teacher's lounge. Walk directly through the lounge into the large auditorium and exit outdoors on your left. Straight ahead you will see lunch tables and a door that enters into a hallway. Continue into that hallway and the office will be on your left.
Go to the main office to sign in.
On the counter on the right, there is a blue binder for USC programs. Inside there should be blank sheets for SCOUT volunteers. Fill one out with your name and place it in the "SCience Outreach" section of the binder.
Exit campus north of the JEP House/ Finger Fountain. Cross Jefferson Blvd and continue on University Ave. When you reach 32nd St, the school parking lot and main office entrance is on your right.
You will have to park the bike at the entrance.
When you enter the main office building, there is a small table with an attendant in the hallway. Sign in here and get a visitor sticker.
Just drop by one of our weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 8pm in VKC 152 and fill out a sign up form!
For new members, dues are $25 for the semester and include one of our new cardinal & gold Scout t-shirts!
For returning members, dues are $15 per semester.
Aside from paying the dues, each of our Scouts are required to sign up for a weekly one-hour volunteer shifts. The shifts range from 10:00am-3:00pm during the week.
Tuesdays at 8pm in VKC 152.
Yes! While Scout is a science outreach program, the lessons that we teach are all on an elementary level so we welcome anyone from any major!