Volunteer Opportunities

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  • D15 Member, George Chisholm, is looking for volunteers for FIRST Robotics (see website here).

    Since 2003, I (George) have been a mentor with FIRST Robotics starting with the team I helped found at Oakville Trafalgar High School and, for the past seven years, with a community team in Oakville.  We are not associated with any school or board and have about 45 students from 15 schools.  It has been a very rewarding experience and allows me to continue to work with youth.  FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and there are normally about 160 teams in Ontario.  Teams run like a small business to design, build and compete with 150 pound robots.  This isn't, however, Battlebots.  Teams work cooperatively with other teams both on and off the field to meet assigned challenges.  Really, though, the robot is just the bait to get kids in the door and develop their interest in STEM.  Subteams include Design, Build, Outreach, Programming, Business and Media.  Winning on the field is not the top prize.  The Chairman's Award is based on what the team does year round to further interest in STEM.  Our busiest season is from January to mid April but we do operate year round.  We need more mentors to work with the team, particularly in the Design and Build areas but all are welcome.  No experience necessary and any assistance is appreciated.  We also operate teams for younger youth down to Grade 5 using the LEGO Spike Prime.  If this interests you, please have a look at our website www.1360.ca.  I can be reached at [email protected] to answer any questions.
  • The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton (https://www.ldahh.ca/) provides programs and services to support children and youth with learning disabilities. They are looking for volunteer reading tutors for for their Reading Rocks program.

    Reading Rocks is an 8-week reading program for children and youth 6- 12 years old who struggle with the attainment of early literacy skills due to an identified or suspected learning disability. Through this effective instructional program, children are paired with a trained tutor who will develop hands-on activities and games to teach the essential literacy concepts of phonics, sight words, and fluency, while building children’s motivation and fostering self-regulation. Each week, each student will work with their tutor to set goals and graph their success in these areas so they have a clear vision of their achievements.
    Time Commitment: May 9th - June 30th, 2022
    Monday and Wednesday     or      Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    Location: Virtual Online tutoring
    Volunteer Application Form can be found here.