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Volunteer

Join the Michigan Science Center team as a volunteer! We look for volunteers to conduct education programs for our guests, work behind the scenes in the office, create a memorable experience at special events, and much more. We welcome volunteer groups and individuals in a variety of ways. Please fill out this form so we can find a great role for you!

Volunteer of the Month: A'lana Baldwin

Our February 2017 Volunteer of the Month is A’lana Baldwin. A’lana is a senior at University Prep Science and Math High School who can often be found in our Spark!Lab or Kids Town areas volunteering and inspiring little ones to like science. She has also been very helpful in encouraging her fellow students to start volunteering as well and we cannot wait to see what she does in college and with her career.

Explainers

Explainers (age 16 and up) are essential to the Michigan Science Center experience. Identifiable by their lab coats, Explainers inspire guests with hands-on experiments, lead tours, and give directions. They think creatively and help illustrate how science concepts have a multitude of applications. Explainers receive exclusive perks, recognition, and invites to events.

Office Assistants

Administrative assistant volunteers help us with a wide range of areas such as accounting, data entry, and other office assistance such as photocopying and research.  If you have special skills, we will find a role where you can help us most. Working alongside our office staff, you will be helping the us run more efficiently and make a huge difference.

Perks

Volunteers are recognized at a yearly banquet and receive awards and recognition based on the amount of time they contribute. 75 hours earns a volunteer a MiSci membership. Parking for volunteers is free while they are volunteering. Perhaps the most rewarding incentive of all is the knowledge that you have made a difference and provided STEMspiration.  

Kids Town

Kids Town is our specialized learning area for children ages 5 and under! This area features engaging activities organized into a child-scaled “town” where little ones can develop their social and motor skills while exploring the basic science concepts we encounter every day. Volunteers aid with programming designed to foster positive attitudes toward science and build the foundation for more sophisticated learning.

Spark!Lab

Volunteers in Spark!Lab facilitate inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children’s and family’s interest in the invention process. Innovation, invention, and creativity are at the heart of Spark!Lab’s interactive science experiments and educational experiences. You can help out by inspiring children to create their own unique inventions.

You are an Element of Success!

Volunteers at the Michigan Science Center earn special Element Pins for volunteering 50, 100, or 200 hours in a calendar year. Volunteers who reach these levels of hours also have their name displayed on a Wall of Names right next our corporate and individual donors.