The EcoTarium is a science and nature museum which is located in Worcester. Over the summer prior to junior year, I volunteered to help run some of their STEM-related events geared towards younger children. I participated in both Rocket Day and FeatherFest by running hands-on demonstrations and activities for families as they walked through the museum. I am hoping to be able to attend more events this summer!
The Worcester Refugee Assistance Program (or WRAP) is a service opportunity which I became a part of through MACS (Mass Academy Community Service Club). At WRAP, our job is to demonstrate a STEM-related activity to all of the children present. For the first hour that we are there, we usually talk to and play games with the kids. After this, we begin the activity and continue to play again after it has concluded. WRAP has had a very significant impact on me as it has been so much fun to watch all of the kids grow and learn with us. They are all so sweet and I will definitely continue to work with this organization over the next year.
The Community Harvest Project is a farm located in Grafton which allows people of all ages to come and work on the farm for the morning. You are able to participate in activities such as weeding, planting, harvesting, and wash station (my personal favorite :) ). At the end of the session, they gather everyone who participated that day and offer you some statistics about all of the food that you helped to pick/package, and what kind of a local impact it will have. CHP is one of my favorite places to volunteer and I would recommend checking it out, especially if you like to garden!