Wizards was created in 1994 as a program to get students more excited and involved in science. [...]Volunteers travel to various schools and community centers to perform hands-on science experiments with children from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Experiments cover all types of science such as biology, physics and chemistry. Volunteers form bonds with the class while connecting the principles of science to the real, everyday world. The program awakens the children’s interest in science and encourages a love for learning.
Volunteers are split into groups led by a peer leader. The peer leader plans weekly experiments, and the program manager provides the supplies needed for the experiment.
Time commitment is 2-3 hours one day per week for an entire semester. Volunteers do not need to be science majors, and no previous experience in teaching or science is required. Applications are accepted throughout the semester based on availability.
Wizards visits 12 sites including the Young Achievers School, Winship School and The Franklin Park Tenants Association.