ISAAC provides middle and high school students with authentic and rigorous STEM work experiences in our commercial-grade laboratories, equipped with sophisticated, modern instrumentation and professional scientists. Volunteers serve as mentors, lab assistants or instructors in the lab, guiding students through experiments, answering questions, and ensuring safety of the students.
- Conducting laboratory experiments; sample preparation, lab instrumentation, testing, collection of data, interpretation and documentation of results
- Wet Chemistry; titrations, pH, ELSA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay), SDS-PAGE Electrophoresis, etc.
- HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography)
- ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy)
- Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy
- Infrared Spectrophotometer
- GC (Gas Chromatography) with standard laboratory practices and instrumentation.
Volunteer Roles in ISAAC:
Mentor – The Program Mentor is an ambassador for our sponsor corporations and acts as a coach for the purpose of inspiring, motivating, and educating the students. They answer student questions about the professional work environment and career application of the laboratory techniques being used as well as ensure safety of the students. They stay with the same group of students throughout the day and throughout each of the three visits during the school year.
Lab Assistant – The Lab Assistant helps students in following procedures, performing calculations, using instrumentation, and offers recommendations to instructors (after students have completed the program) for modifying experimental procedures. Lab Assistants ensure safety of the students by monitoring student activities.
Instructor – The Instructor is a subject matter expert who stays at the same experimental station throughout the day and instructs students as they conduct each experiment. They provide information in a clear and concise manner, generate confidence and enthusiasm, and help reduce the intimidation often associated with laboratory work.
Laboratory for the 21st Century, the V-Lab program conducts sessions via a collaborative communication platform and enables students (grades 5-12) in their classrooms or non-traditional settings to simultaneously conduct hands-on science experiments along with highly-qualified instructors at S2S Technology Centers.
Volunteer Roles in V-Lab: Sessions are typically run during a normal school day between 8:15am to 3:00pm. Volunteers do not need to have a STEM background or experience. We provide you with all materials needed to volunteer.
There are 3 ways to participate:
- As mentors in a classroom in a participating school, up to 2 volunteers per session. Mentors help the classroom instructor set up the experiments, assist students as needed, and help clean up. Training is provided and “How-to Videos” and lesson plans are available. Requires a commitment of 1-2 hours.
- As a virtual mentor, promoting your college and career path – it can be done remotely from people’s desks and requires a time commitment of 5 – 15 minutes.
- Participation in a pre-taped, 70-second College and Career video, which involves talking about your education and career experiences and insights into STEM professions. Requires a 15-minute commitment. These videos are played throughout our V-Lab programs across NJ, parts of PA and NY, and soon across the country.
- Social Media Specialist: The Social Media Specialist promotes our mission, markets our programs and projects, and creates and maintains links with other organizations. Our preference is for someone who is web-savvy and has excellent writing and communication skills. Must have experience with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media channels.
- Video Production
- Grant writing