Arlington STEM Volunteer Program

Program Description

The Arlington STEM Volunteer Program aims to foster STEM literacy for all students and help prepare students for futures in STEM careers.  An affiliate of the AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program, program professionals commit to volunteering in a school throughout the school year to assist K-12 STEM teachers in their classroom.  Our volunteers work with the classroom teachers to jointly develop activities that take advantage of their unique skills and qualifications.  The Arlington STEM Volunteer Program offers a unique opportunity for both students and volunteers alike.

Program Requirements

  • Year-long commitment to the program
  • Availability for a few hours each week (retired) or every 2-3 weeks (currently employed)
  • Jointly plan science learning opportunities with a classroom teacher
  • Attend a one-day training at the beginning of the school year

Additional Information

  • Classroom placements are determined with consideration to  volunteers’ preferences, teachers’ requests, and commute distances
  • Video presentation featured on APS’s Green Scene
  • Support provided by volunteers may include, but is not limited to, interacting with students on investigations and problem sheet, complementing teachers’ science content presentations, serving as a resource for teachers and students, generating new experiments and material, and relating the classroom learning to the outside world

How To Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a STEM Volunteer, please contact Don Rea,, 703-237-7683.