ExperiMentors, part of Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, is a student-run, public service organization dedicated to fostering early enthusiasm for science in Cambridge’s elementary school children. Founded in 1993, the organization has shown remarkable growth in the past years and now reaches out to over 300 students in kindergarten through sixth grade at five Cambridge schools.
Each week, volunteer teaching teams present hands-on science lessons to their classes. In addition, these volunteers develop weekly lessons with teachers so that the information taught can be more meaningful, interesting, and integrated.
Every January and May, ExperiMentors culminates the semester with an exciting, day-long event called Science Day. With the help of Harvard faculty, staff, and administrators, ExperiMentors volunteers plan an entirely new and innovative day of experiments for participants. Held on Harvard’s campus, the event brings together students and community members for a day of interactive activities, presentations, and tours led by Harvard faculty, staff, and students.
ExperiMentors seeks to do more than simply provide Harvard volunteers with first-hand teaching experience; rather, ExperiMentors is committed to developing the innate curiosity in children, allowing them to explore complex processes of the natural world through mentor relationships.