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Start a Science Club: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Starting a science club can be stressful if you don’t know where to begin. Here’s a list of nine easy-to-follow steps from the Scientific Student to help you out!Chemistry, Laboratory, Experiment, Science

  1. 1. Decide that you want to! If you’re reading this magazine, you’re most likely a student who loves science– which is awesome! What’s even more awesome, though, is sharing your passion with others. One of the best ways to do that is through a club at your school (whether it be high school or college)! You can make a club about science in general, or focus it on your interests. Examples include Astronomy Club, Health Clubs, or Environmental Clubs.
  2. 2. Make sure there isn’t already a club that’s similar to the one you want to start. If there is, just join the already existing one, and encourage others to do so as well!
  3. 3. Figure out what your school requires. Most schools are very open to students starting more clubs. However, they often still have requirements. For example, my high school requires a staff sponsor and at least ten members. If that’s the case for you, find ten students who enjoy science and get their names down!  You will probably have to submit a form to your school’s administration, so you have to manage all of the paperwork before you can move on with your planning.
  4. 4. Schedule when and where you will have meetings. Will a teacher let you use their room? Will you need access to a lab? Is your schedule clear enough to run these meetings, or are you willing to designate that duty to someone else? How often do you want to have meetings, and how long will they last?
  5. 5. Recruit, recruit, recruit! When I started the Environmental Club at my school, the hardest part was finding people who were interested. This is where you get to share your passion for science. Talk to your friends, and your friends’ friends about why science is so awesome! Talk about why you enjoy it and why they should give it a shot with your fancy new club. This step also includes advertising! Make catchy signs to put up around campus explaining why students should join, and when and where the meetings are held. If people aren’t interested in science, show them why they should be. It’s not just boring equations and facts. It’s a way to understand our world.
  6. 6. Figure out what you want to do in your club. Based on the type of club you’re starting, you’ll want to do different types of activities. During meetings, consider having a brief period where you summarize the latest scientific news. You can hold eco-friendly fundraisers and use the moScientist, Pathologist, Double Overhead Microscopeney to conduct research or do interesting experiments. As a group, you can teach younger students the importance of science and encourage them to explore it more as they get older. Try building robots or a solar-powered oven. Start a recycling program if your school doesn’t already have one. Holding a science fair would be a great way to increase interest in science in your school– consider having an entry fee for each competitor; a portion of the money could be given to the winner and the rest to help your science club.
  7. 7. Establish rules. Is there a minimum number of meetings attended required to maintain membership? Are there other requirements (academic, behavioral, etc) for membership?
  8. 8. Consider officers. If you have enough members, consider designating some of them (by appointment or by popular vote) as officers. They can hold positions such as President, Vice President, Historian, or Treasurer. These officers will be looked upon by the other members as leaders– so make sure that they are good examples for your club.
  9. 9. Keep things going. Make sure you keep having meetings throughout the year. It’s hard to start back up once you’ve lost momentum. Keep planning activities, and if your club doesn’t seem interested in what you’re planning, ask for their input. Hopefully, your club will grow and you will share the wonders of science with as many people as possible!

Edited by: Daryn Dever and Shreya Singireddy