Husky Volunteers for Science
"Husky Volunteers for Science" is a volunteer program developed to take teams of St. Cloud State University undergraduate students into classrooms to perform hands-on experiments with fourth grade elementary school students. During the past two years, we have "adopted" all of the fourth grade classrooms at Oak Hill Elementary School. Every semester, each fourth grade classroom is visited three times by teams of eight undergraduate students led by Dr. Tamara Leenay and/or Dr. Mark Mechelke.
The undergraduate students typically work with a group of four elementary school students, helping them perform the activities which range from identifying a mystery powder, to using chromatography to identify who wrote a ransom note, to learning about exothermic and endothermic reactions. In the past two years, the program has been very successful and rewarding. Approximately thirty-two undergraduate student volunteers and one hundred and twenty fourth grade students participate in the program each semester.