On Saturday December 3rd I got the opportunity to volunteer with Pi Sigma Pi, for Young Engineers and Scientist Day. In this outreach event we set up different activities such as 3-D printing, and building roller-coasters using water noodles to introduce middle school students to the STEM field. For instance, the kids had to come up with a way to build a roller coaster with at least one loop with certain supplies and a time limit. It was wonderful listening to all the different, unique, and creative ideas each student had, along with helping them make their designs come into reality. I loved interacting with the children and teaching them concepts such as gravity and momentum, and how they are applied to the real world. Overall this was a great experience; I hope that the middle school students gained new knowledge and that as a team we were able to inspire them in their educational career.
The University of Texas at Austin
University Leadership Network
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) Professional Chapter
Cockrell School of Engineering
Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Women in Engineering Program
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Be The Change Austin
Energy and Water Conservation
UT Equal Opportunity in Engineering
Volunteering at Baker Woods Elementary School planting trees was an amazing experience. I learned how to effectively accommodate the molch around the trees, collaborated with different people and communicated with my team. I also helped a small child carry a bag of dirt to the trees and interacted with him, it was cool getting to know his perspective on sustainability and how to plant trees. Overall my experience here was wonderful and I felt I was very productive and made a difference in the community.
Through SHPE I got the opportunity to volunteer at the UT Micro farm. Once there, we were divided into groups and each one had a specific goal. My team planted carrots, pulled out the weeds and took dead leafs out of the planted areas. I also learned how to effectively plant seeds, which explains why my strawberries at home never grew, now I know how to fix it. In addition to this, I got the opportunity to interact with some of the SHPE members. One of them told me that there’s a program where you can apply for a payed internship abroad, in China, and at the same time get credit for a class. This made me realize the importance of communication, and how speaking to an upper class-man can really make a difference in our future plans. Networking is amazing! Overall this was a wonderful experience, and I encourage others to volunteer here.
Through SHPE I got the opportunity to volunteer at an event called " Noche de Ciencias" (family Science night in English). This was a wonderful event were we got to impact students ranging from all ages and gave them another perspective of Science. We had different activities such as building a hover craft, learning about different types of concrete, and a fun slime viscosity experiment. At Noche de Ciencias I also got to practice my communications and leadership skills. At the front, I helped direct parents where to go as they entered the building and encouraged them to attend our event by explaining what it was all about. This was a great experience for me, I love small children and teaching them about STEM made it even better. In addition to this, I got to meet some of the professional SHPE members from the Austin chapter which was great.
Volunteering with SHPE at Bridgeway was a very cool experience. I got to collaborate with the president and secretary of SHPE to be able to organize the office and clean some of the past meetings materials. Additionally, while cleaning we encountered a scrapbook from 1995, it was very interesting to look at! Volunteering here allowed me to improve my communication skills, make network connections, and I was able learn some history of the organization I am part of. Plus, the office looked great after we finished, we could actually walk!
At Longhorns lights out I got to collaborate with new people I met for one common goal: save and preserve energy at UT. My group got the RLM so we turned off all the lights, projectors, and other products consuming energy that wasn't being used. It was a really cool experience, and at the same time I got know and explore the UT campus.
The Graffiti park clean up was a very different and cool experience for me. We picked up trash, recycled plastic materials and picked up empty spray cans (there was lot!). With coordination and as a team, we were able to effectively clean the park and make it a better environment for tourists and people who visit it. There I also got practice my communication skills: I got the opportunity to meet a graduate from UT who graduated with my major! Communicating effectively can bring lots of network connections(which are very important)! For me, community outreach is a way to make a difference, no matter if it's as small as picking up trash. This was a really cool and different experience for me.
Volunteering at Engineering EXPO at the Erwin Center was a great experience for me. I got help students check in and guide them to the correct place. I also helped some of the recruiters pack their items and cleaned up the area. Not only this, but I got to practice my communication skills with other people- which is one of my goals for this semester( improve the way I communicate). Additionally, volunteering here gave me insight and a feel of what and how things will work for the Spring EXPO- which I will attend to be able to meet recruiters. Overall it was a great experience, I love helping others and meeting new people.