Service with Youth in STEM

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Children in after-school science club build tin foil boats and try to float them
You could inspire someone to be a scientist! Learn how to teach the process of science to kids. Practice what you learn by leading an after-school science club.
Course Number: 
Fulfills Requirements: 
LAS elementary level
Community-based learning (service learning)
Permission from instructor required
Requires 25 hours of service

Fall 2021:


  • Tues. 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

+ Lab (pick 1)

  • Thurs. 9:30 – 10:45a.m.
  • –OR–
  • Tues. 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Integrated Science 240: Service with Youth in STEM

Engage children in ways that can be transformational—you could inspire someone to be a scientist! Learn about community building, communication, the needs and learning styles of children, and how to evaluate informal (non-classroom) learning experiences. Then practice what you learn by helping lead an after-school science club in the Madison area, reflecting on your learning, and sharing with your peers along the way.

Service with Youth in STEM prepares students for effective, mutually beneficial relationships with partners in the Madison area. The lecture component includes communication strategies, awareness of social issues, and self-reflection. Students will work with community partners to lead elementary after-school science clubs. The course is generally designed for STEM, communication, and education majors, but all students of all majors are welcome.

This course helps you:

  • Learn about mutually beneficial community partnerships
  • Expand your cultural literacy by working with underserved groups
  • Make use of what you're learning in your science courses right now
  • Expand your appreciation of science, particularly its impact on our daily lives
  • Explore mentoring as a part of the scientific process
  • Live the Wisconsin Idea

Anna Courtier, PhD

Director of Community-Based Learning
Contact Info

(608) 265-5526


Room 104F

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in geophysics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and my BS in geology and geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before coming to WISCIENCE, I taught general education and geophysics courses at James Madison University, and later served as the Science Outreach Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
At WISCIENCE, I coordinate service-learning coursework for undergraduate and graduate students and oversee the service peer leadership students. I also serve as the director of the Adult Role Models in Science program (ARMS), which supports many partnerships between the university and surrounding communities.