Don't discount volunteering at the elementary level!
As an elementary educator with a certificate in STEM education, we could use volunteers like you! I currently oversee First Lego League Robotics in my district and I coach a team as well. We solicited for high school and college volunteers to help the students either design, build, or program the robots, or help teams with researching for their topics (my students chose to investigate how to minimize depression and loneliness during deep space travel and could have used an aspiring medical professional). Some even assisted with giving presentation tips while they practiced their speeches.
Volunteering at the elementary level does more than simply help you...it blazes paths. My students bombarded the volunteers with questions and it only fueled their desire to move towards careers in STEM... to me, this is what sets candidates apart from the rest. It's one thing to volunteer to fulfill a need; it's completely another when you can encourage and inspire others!
Helga recommends the following next steps:
- Consider reaching out the teachers of younger relatives, see if there is a need. Most schools are pushing 21st century skills and would love to have authentic guest speakers/volunteers. You'd need to have clearances, of course, but it's worth it!