Service Learning

"I just spent 3 hours teaching adults!  I use a hands-free mic and answer questions about rabbits, going through the material like my mentor did.  Each time I taught a little more, and now it just flows!"   

"I wanted to design interactive toys for the rabbits...
this is my design that I created and built for Creampuff.
I've have fostered several different breeds and helped
raised a litter of babies."

"My sisters and I have now had STEM Bunnies rabbits in our home for two years.  I've presented both at the State Fair and at the Bunny Garden, teaching hundreds of people about endangered breeds and biodiversity." 

Benefits of Service Learning   ( Source UMN )

STUDENTS in service-learning can benefit academically, professionally, and personally. These are just a few of the ways:

  • Increase your understanding of the class topic

  • Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later)

  • Explore or cement your values and beliefs

  • Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefs

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities

  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes

  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible

  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership

  • Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you

  • Connect with and learn from professionals and community members

  • Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs or internships

  • Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation