Getting started as a Let’s Talk Science Online Volunteer

Help build a bank of teen-friendly STEM-related content that teachers can use to help students answer the question:

“How am I going to use this in REAL life?”

Upcoming opportunities

Online content reviewers: Beginning October 2018

Want to improve your research and science communication skills?

Help the Let’s Talk Science team update content on CurioCity by Let’s Talk Science!

  • Review older CurioCity articles (published 2013 or earlier) to make sure they’re accurate and up-to-date. If there is new research on the topic of the article, help us find it!
  • Help us find audiovisual material to turn articles into resource packages

Here’s what you need to be an online article reviewer:

  • Access to the internet (including a video player)
  • Ability to conduct internet research (or a strong desire to learn)
  • High level of science literacy
  • Basic knowledge of how to evaluate a website for scientific accuracy
  • Critical thinking skills

Interested?

  1. Register as a Let’s Talk Science volunteer
  2. Email volunteers@explorecuriocity.org to be put on our mailing list. As soon as there are opportunities available, we’ll contact you with instructions on getting started!

Classroom Content Researcher/Writers: Beginning January 2019

Want to improve your research and written science communication skills?

Help educators across Canada start STEM discussions in the classroom!

Work with a team of professional Let’s Talk Science editors to:

  • Research a STEM topic
  • Write an article about it
  • Package it into a resource package with pictures, videos and discussion questions

Here’s what you’ll need to be a volunteer researcher/writer:

  • Experience as an online article reviewer (minimum 2 articles)
  • An interest in learning to write about science in plain language
  • Access to the internet (including a video player)
  • A desire to work with a professional editing team (accept and apply their feedback)
  • A strong command of written English (if you are new to writing in English, please have a friend or tutor verify your work before submitting it)
  • An interest in education (but you don’t have to be a teacher/educator!)
  • An interest in STEM (but you don’t have to be a scientist!)

Interested?

  1. Register as a Let’s Talk Science volunteer
  2. Complete 2 or more article reviews (see above)

Email volunteers@explorecuriocity.org to be put on our mailing list. As soon as there are opportunities available, we’ll contact you with instructions on getting started!

Current Opportunities

Submit a career profile

Career profiles help teens understand how STEM skills and knowledge are important for a wide range of different careers.

Whatever your career, if you use STEM skills (problem solving, decision making, organizing, etc.) and knowledge on the job - however advanced or basic - we want you to tell teens about it!

How to get started:

  1. Browse through recently published CurioCity Career Profiles to get an idea of the level of detail we’re looking for
  2. Submit your own career profile via this online questionnaire

Submit a research profile

Research profiles helps teens better understand the work behind scientific discoveries.

We want to hear from all researchers - professionals, faculty members and students!

How to get started:

  1. Register as a CurioCity volunteer
  2. Browse through recently published CurioCity Research Profiles to get an idea of the level of detail we’re looking for
  3. Submit your research profile via this online questionnaire

Registering as a Let’s Talk Science online volunteer

Ready to start volunteering? Here’s how to register on the Let’s Talk Science Volunteer Portal.


Which best describes you?

I want to volunteer with Let’s Talk Science Outreach AND contribute online (via CurioCity by Let’s Talk Science)

  1. Visit http://volunteer.letstalkscience.ca
  2. Click on Register for an account here next to New Volunteer or Educator?
  3. Select Volunteer (past or present)
  4. Fill out your volunteer profile
  5. Under What best describes you?, select I am a student or faculty at a university or college and I want to join an existing Let's Talk Science Outreach site
  6. Under Would you also like to volunteer online on ExploreCurioCity.org? select Yes
  7. Let’s Talk Science staff will add you to the online volunteer opportunity mailing list
  8. You’ll receive an email whenever there are online opportunities available, complete with instructions on how to get started!

I want to volunteer online only (via CurioCity by Let’s Talk Science)

  1. Visit http://volunteer.letstalkscience.ca
  2. Click on Register for an account here next to New Volunteer or Educator?
  3. Select Volunteer (past or present)
  4. Fill out your volunteer profile
  5. Under What best describes you? select I am a student or professional and I am ONLY interested in online volunteering through ExploreCurioCity.org
  6. Let’s Talk Science staff will add you to the online volunteer opportunity mailing list
  7. You’ll receive an email whenever there are online opportunities available, complete with instructions on how to get started!

Existing/previous CurioCity volunteer who wants to try a new volunteer role

No need to re-register! Simply explore our opportunities to see which one you’d like to try next.

Thank you for volunteering with CurioCity! We look forward to working with you to help teens learn to love STEM.

Questions? Email the Let’s Talk Science Online Volunteer Coordinators at volunteers@explorecuriocity.org