Service-Learning & Volunteering

4-H STEM Ambassadors

4-H STEM Ambassadors are trained USM students who facilitate hands on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with youth 8-14 years old. This is a fun opportunity to work with youth while developing skills in leadership, project planning, presentation, problem-solving, and communication -- all skills that are sought after by employers. No STEM-specific background is necessary; all you need is interest in working with youth! STEM Ambassadors will complete hands-on training to understand how to work with and keep youth safe, as well as how to facilitate inquiry-based STEM activities. Check out the frequently asked questions to learn more. 

STEM Ambassadors commit to participate in volunteer training, individual preparation for their lessons, and a minimum of six one-hour workshops at community partner host sites. 

Take a look at this video or check out the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for more information:


Spring 2019 Volunteer Trainings: 

In addition to short online training videos, 4-H STEM Ambassadors attend two 2-hour training sessions, Session A and Session B. There are multiple options for each session. 

Session A: Intro to STEM Ambassadors and Experiential Learning

  • Monday, February 4th - 3 - 5pm (Portland: 327 Luther Bonney)
  • Friday, February 8th - 10am - 12pm (Gorham: 204 Bailey)
  • Friday February 8th - 1 - 3pm (Gorham: 113 Bailey)

Session B: STEM Ambassadors Practice and Preparation

  • Monday, February 11th - 3 - 5pm (Portland: 327 Luther Bonney)
  • Friday, February 15th - 10am - 12pm (Gorham: 204 Bailey)
  • Friday February 15th - 1 - 3pm (Gorham: 113 Bailey)

Please email Sarah Sparks at to register for your trainings and receive application materials. Note: if there is enough interest, there is potential for additional trainings. 


What Are People Saying About STEM Ambassadors? 

"It was really fun and exciting to get a taste of what I will eventually be doing for a living…Going into it I was wary because I didn’t really know anything about offshore winds but they made it very easy for us. The kit you get has everything you will need in it including a binder with lesson plans/activities to do with the kids utilizing the materials provided...It was a really cool experience because I was learning just as much from the kids as they were discovering from the activities."

--Taylor Canastra, Biology/Secondary Education Major, Former STEM Ambassador

"Participating in this program provides USM students an opportunity to learn science through service and civic engagement. The program supports not only undergraduate students, but also youth and educators through hands-on science." 

--Dave Champlin, USM Biology Professor 


Interested in becoming a STEM Ambassador? Email usm.stemambassadors@maine.eduFlyer for STEM Ambassadors

4-H STEM Ambassadors By the Numbers: