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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Nov 5, 2018

Looking to add some volunteer hours to your resume?

Would you like to try teaching?

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and encouraging others?

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Upward Bound

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$15,000 Scholarship for Future Teachers

Sep 17, 2019

Are you a future science or engineering teacher?

Noyce FIRST is a new $15,000 scholarship program at Cal Poly for future science and engineering teachers. FIRST stands for "Fostering Integrated Responsive Science Teaching." Noyce Scholars will become science or engineering teachers who can cross disciplinary boundaries and create engaging, inclusive classrooms.

Open to current junior and senior science/engineering majors who are future teachers. Due to federal funding limitations, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. 

Scholarship support in 2020-21 can be used to complete your undergraduate degree or teaching credential. A second year of scholarship support may be available. 

Applications are due online on W Oct 2. Application URL: https://tinyurl.com/2019-CP-Noyce 

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Commit to teach science or engineering for two years in a high need K-12 school district for every year of scholarship support
  • Participate in monthly Noyce Seminars during 2019-20 and 2020-21
  • Participate for at least one quarter in a science or engineering research project

Information Sessions occur on:

  • F 9/20, 3:10-4pm in 33-285
  • M 9/23, 5:10-6pm in 33-289 
  • F 9/27, 3:10-4pm in 33-285

Interested students can learn more at https://tinyurl.com/2019-CP-Noyce by emailing noyce-science@calpoly.edu or by calling 805-756-2875.

Paid Opportunity! Research Assistant

Jan 7, 2019

About the project: You will be working as a team member in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to better understand why students choose to join co-curricular undergraduate engineering projects (like Formula SAE, Concrete Canoe, Robotics Club, and so on), or why they choose not to. We understand the potential benefits of participation, but we know surprisingly little about the decision-making process that students go through when thinking about whether or not to participate. With this lack of knowledge, it’s hard to properly understand why female students and those from other under-represented groups gravitate towards some projects over others, or participate at rates even below their demographics at the university. It is also hard to know how to best change university programs or allocate resources to initiatives that improve the experience and participation of all students.  

Your Role: Survey Data Analysis - You will be working with a team to help investigate acquired survey data for insights on why students decide to join or not join co-curricular activities, helping to decide the best way to analyze, model, and explain this from the context of the research question and the data.

Desired skills:

  • Statistical modeling and data analysis, in particular:
    • Data Preparation and Analysis planning (extra experience with categorical analysis is a bonus)
    • Statistical analysis knowledge and experience, especially multiple logistic regressions
    • Experience using R or Python or Matlab for statistical modeling  
    • Bonus: experience with complex sampling
  • Ability to conduct background research from literature to support hypotheses and findings
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a self-directed way (weekly team meetings, tasks expected to be completed in a timely manner with other students or sometimes individually)

Interested contact: 

Graham Doig <gcdoig@calpoly.edu>

Fortune Schools visit Learn By Doing Lab!

Fortune Schools visit Learn By Doing Lab!

Apr 23, 2018

Future Cal Poly students loving science at the "Learn By Doing Lab" on campus April 18, 2018. 

Fortune Visits Cal Poly 2017-18

I sang, 'Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around' all day long. I've partnered with Cal Poly for 5 years and remarkably, we opened a science-themed high school together last fall with over 90% black students. My students will be Cal Poly ready. Diversity takes commitment. We are in it with Cal Poly for the long haul." - Margaret Fortune


Teach at Astrocamp!

Feb 15, 2018

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Instructor – School Year Position

Teach at Astrocamp! We are currently hiring instructors for the Fall 2018. Astrocamp is a unique non-profit education center that specializes in astronomy and physical sciences.

Located on a forested campus near the town of Idyllwild at an elevation of 5,600 feet amidst the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. Over 16,000 students from 8-14 years old attend Astrocamp each year. With excellent teaching facilities we bring science to life through hands-on, experiential classes and activities. Our labs and facilities include a heated pool; extensive ropes course and rock wall, innovative classrooms, and two state of the art telescope viewing areas with CCD capabilities.

Instructors have small group sizes and remain with the same group of students throughout their 3-5 day program. Astrocamp provides incredible experiences for kids and instructors alike. Check us out at

www.astrocamp.org or visit


Qualifications: BS/BA in STEM fields, preferably Physics or Astronomy. Requires a passion for learning and working with children. Must be a positive, energetic, and organized team member who is eager to learn new content. Previous teaching experience is a plus. CPR, First Aid Certification required and lifeguard certification is with in 6 months of being hired. Desire to work and live in a close-knit community is important.

Salary and Benefits: Starting at $13.25/hour. Room, Board and Health Insurance are provided. Staffs live on-site in furnished apartments. Astrocamp is located on a 90-acre campus adjacent to a national forest with easy access to world-class rock climbing, outstanding hiking, and great mountain biking.

To Apply: Send a resume, reference list, and cover letter to Michelle Ferrara Peterson at michelle@astrocamp.org or P.O. Box 3399, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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Part-Time Job Opportunity

Nov 29, 2017

Cuesta College Student Success Center. Looking for a part-time job? Become a cuesta college tutor! Encourage learning! Be part of student success! You can also fulfill hours for TESL Cert.! Seeking Cal Poly student tutors. We are hiring tutors for the following areas: Math, Writing, ESL, Physical/life science, and computer science. Being a cuesta tutor is an awesome job that gives you: flexibility with your class schedule, looks great on your resume, the opportunity to interact with a diverse student body, leadership opportunities, and the chance to work in a fun, interactive, & collaborative environment. Contact: Siboney Guardado at 8055463100 ext. 2474 or ssc@cuesta.edu.

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CSU EduCorps

Nov 7, 2017

CSU EduCorps Tomorrow's Teachers, Growing the FutureEduCorps is the community of students dedicated to shaping the future through teaching.

Member Benefits:

✓ EduCorps Alerts

  • Inspiring videos, teacher talks, issues of the day, financial aid updates

✓ Events and announcements from your CSU campus 

  • Speakers, job fairs, informal gatherings, seminars, advising information, conferences

✓ Personalized Application and Credential Checklists

  • Coursework, tests, fieldwork, etc.

✓ Networking opportunities

  • Meet, chat, share with other EduCorps members


join now

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MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

PAID Internship Opportunity

Jul 31, 2017

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is seeking motivated, creative people for a yearlong apprenticeship in informal science education. This program includes hands-on experience through a paid internship as a member of MOXI’s floor staff team, four quarters of instruction in informal science education through UC Santa Barbara, and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of learners of all ages in a variety of settings on the museum floor, Interactive Media Theater, Exploration Lab, Innovation Workshop makerspace, and offsite at local schools, youth organizations, and public events. Apprentices also learn to develop facilitation strategies and NGSS-aligned curriculum, conduct program evaluations, train volunteer floor staff, and generate creative, innovative ideas for informal science learning. For more information about the MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education, please visit – http://www.moxi.org/apprentice.

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