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K-12 Educational Programs or Organizations


  • LINK TO EXAMPLE/S of Biomedical Engineering outreach here at UC Davis, including tips on how to go about making contacts with local schools.


  • Animal Ambassadors Youth Education Outreach Program (UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension)
        • Overview: The Animal Ambassadors Program is a curriculum development, training, and dissemination effort that will complement school science courses, enrich and expand the offerings of nonformal youth education programs (e.g., 4-H; YMCA; museums), and enhance outreach efforts by campus and community professionals (e.g., Veterinarians). This innovative program is designed to use the world of animals, both wild and domesticated, as a "bridge" to help youth develop an interest in science, develop critical thinking and life skills, and to foster a better awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of animals, animal science, and veterinary science.
  • UC Davis ArtsBridge
      • ONLY for highly qualified UC Davis Arts majors
        • UC Davis ArtsBridge is a unique school/university partnership in arts education, providing authentic, culturally relevant, sequential arts education of the highest quality to students and teachers in a wide range of regional K-12 schools.
        • Housed within the UC Davis School of Education's CRESS Center, ArtsBridge is part of a core of programs focusing on school site leadership development, program evaluation, and participation in a broad alliance of higher education and K-12 for the greater Sacramento region. UC Davis ArtsBridge integrates the resources of the School of Education, the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, in service of our region's K-12 schools.
        • ArtsBridge provides internships to highly qualified UC Davis Arts majors who give K-12 classroom instruction in art, dance, drama, music, and the digital arts in schools within Yolo, Sacramento and Solano counties.
  • Center for Community School Partnerships (UC Davis)
        • Through Community School Partnerships (CSP), the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services in Schools (CRESS) promotes student success, youth well-being, and equitable, just communities for all of California's learners by cultivating pathways between communities and their schools. Our work centers on research, evaluation, and technical assistance, connecting schools and communities to support student success, youth well-being, and collaborative community school partnerships.
        • At the core of our work is a commitment to closing the achievement gap, closing the gap between research and practice, and heeding the order to leave no child behind in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Fundamentally, this is about equity. Equity is a call to action for districts, schools, families, and universities alike; significant disparities can be alleviated, and this monumental task demands partnership, cooperation, and prioritization.
  • Explorit Science Center (Davis)
        • Explorit engages children and adults in hands-on science discovery.  We have a family-friendly museum and a nature site in Davis. What’s more, we take science programs on the road to schools and community sites in 18 counties. The center offers everyone the chance to “Think it… Try it… Explorit.”
        • When you volunteer at Explorit, everyone who participates in our programs benefits.  From the students in our Summer Science Classes to the audience at a Cutting Edge of Science lecture, your involvement can directly or indirectly enhance their science exploration and discovery... as well as your own.
        • You can play a pivotal part in helping people explore science.  Share any level of time, skills, energy or a willingness to learn by volunteering at Explorit Science Center.  A science background is not necessary; training is provided.  It includes an introduction to Explorit's mission and programs, along with specific training in the area you choose.
        • Volunteers should be able to commit to a regular weekly schedule. Two to three months (or two weeks for Summer Classes) should be considered a minimum time commitment. 
  • UC Davis Chemistry Club
        • The Chemistry Club is an organization of undergraduate students, run by the club president and vice president, and supervised by the chemistry club faculty advisor committee. The purpose of the chemistry club is to raise public awareness and to stimulate interest for chemistry and the sciences with chemistry demonstrations and through interactions with children of all age groups and adults. In addition, the chemistry club also provides tutoring to undergraduate students, and it helps to organize the annual departmental 'knowledge bowl'. Activities of the chemistry club are planned and discussed in regular biweekly meetings held in the chemistry department building during the academic quarter.
  • W.I.D.S.I. “Watch It, Don’t Squash It” outreach to public elementary schools [PART OF Society for Conservation Biology, Davis Chapter, see Community Engagement (general) PAGE]
  • Yolo County 4-H Association
        • 4-H is a non-formal educational youth program, conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension as authorized by federal and state statutes. In each county, the Local Extension Staff (County Director and 4-H Youth Advisor) has the authority to administer the program in accordance with University and Extension policy. 4-H was formed in the early part of the twentieth century to extend knowledge and information from the state land-grant universities to local communities. An organization rooted in the rich tradition of American agriculture, 4-H today serves youth from urban centers and suburbs as well as rural areas.
        • The purpose of 4-H is to help young people discover and develop their potential. 4-H encourages young people to set their own goals and make their own plans and decisions. This helps boys and girls mature and build their self-confidence. By being part of a group, 4-H'ers learn to understand other people and to cooperate with them. These are two basic skills for a happy, useful life.
        • 4-H isn't just for members with animals. The official list of projects includes things like: Automotive, Bicycles, Small Engines, Woodworking, Food, Clothing, Food Preservation, Camping and Outdoor Adventure, Leathercraft, Photography, Vegetable Gardens, Computers, Graphic Arts, Wildlife, Creative Arts and Crafts, Workforce Preparation, Leadership, Marine Science, and Citizenship.
        • More and more youth need the values, skills and guidance 4-H offers. As a 4-H volunteer, you are supported by 4-H professionals through your local Cooperative Extension Service, a branch of your state’s land-grant university.
        • People volunteer for 4-H for many reasons. One obvious benefit is to help guide and counsel our country’s future citizens and leaders. You’ll also grow as a person, develop new leadership skills, meet new friends and have great adventures!
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