Volunteer opportunity: Science Night at Bennett Woods Elementary, 2023

I’m looking for some people to help me with this year’s Science Night at Bennett Woods Elementary in Okemos on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. This is an event we’ve done for several years, and is really fun.

We run the “take apart clinic”, where we set up a table with old junk, like appliances, radios, computers, etc., and let the kids take them apart and turn them into bits. The kids, who are in 4th and 5th grade, love it. We supply the tools and safety glasses, and some of the junk, and keep things from getting too rowdy. The school supplies the majority of the junk, which is often a lot of old computers from MSU Surplus.

I need a couple of helpers who are good with kids, or at least not bad with kids, to set out the tools, keep the kids in safety glasses, and rotate out the old junk with fresh junk over the course of the evening. The hardest part is collecting the safety glasses as kids leave the table.

It’s a nice outreach event for us. In the past we’ve gotten some visits from parents after the event. We’ll have our signage and some brochures for interested parents, but it’s primarily about the kids, of course.

The time commitment is about three hours. We can set up from 5:30pm to 6:30, the event runs from 6:30 to 8:00, and then there’s a half hour of cleanup afterwards.

And of course there is a refreshment trolley that makes the rounds a few times with snacks and drinks for the exhibitors. As if you had to ask.


I should be free then, barring an early delivery! i.e. I’d love to help out, but shouldn’t be the only one counted on for the event.

As an aside, if any of the old machines happen to be ibm branded thinkpads… can someone try to keep the break-down non destructive. I haven’t been able to make it to the surplus store lately as i work on their only open day

p.s. i assume things like crts are out. what about old mobile phones (maybe with the screen removed to avoid glass bits)? those look pretty cool inside

I’m available to help out!

I’d like to volunteer as well.

Count me in! I’ll ask around for junk to take apart as well.

I’d love to help! I’m also asking around for stuff to take apart