Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians for Service (SEMFS) is an on-campus group started by myself and twoother engineering students in the spring of 2010. SEMFS serves to educate and inspire local students K-12 by introducingthem to technical fields from math to biology to electrical engineering. We currently hold 3-6 Saturday workshops a semester and work closely with on-campus groups Keep It Real
, NSBE Jr, Investing Now
and CMU's Women in Computer Science
. In spring 2011 we held a weekly after school program at the UPrep school in Pittsburgh. SEMFS is targeted mainly at students in underprivleged public schools including Somali Bantu refugees living in local areas. SEMFS is a lot of fun foreveryone involved. Working with the kids gives all of the volunteers the challenge of taking fairly complicated subjects andsimplifying them to the point where they are easily understood by middle schoolers. SEMFS is also a great opportunity for engineering students to practice their presentation skills and improve on their ability to interact with younger kids. Below is a non-exhaustive list and image gallery of projects that we have presented to the kids and had them get directly involved in.