ASU Project Sunshine first general meeting and application, September 11

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Opportunities, Organizations and Teams, Outreach, Participation | 0 comments

ASU Project Sunshine logo and pictureAre you interested in working with and for sick children? Do you want to be a part of a supportive community of volunteers that strives to give back to the community by volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, making children patients cards and activity kits and fundraising? Then join Project Sunshine at ASU on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Hayden Library in LIB C14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the kickoff meeting and to learn more and get involved! With only four optional meetings in a semester and a variety of volunteering dates and times, anyone can join and make an impact!

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Volunteer for the 2019 Young Engineers Shape the World Kickoff Conference! September 14

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Opportunities, Outreach, Participation, Students |

Are you passionate about education and increasing the diversity of the engineering field? Volunteer for a program that encourages high school students to build their identity as future engineers at the 2019 Young Engineers Shape the World Kickoff Conference!

YESW is an engineering exploration program for high school students who are female, first generation or have financial need. We provide opportunities for students to participate in hands-on activities, interact with ASU engineering students, tour the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and practice networking skills with industry professionals and engineering faculty.

Sign up today to volunteer!

Young Engineers Shape the World Kickoff Conference
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Bateman Physical Sciences Center F (PSF) 166 [mapand Engineering Center G (ECG), Tempe campus [map]

Lunch is provided.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our volunteer mailing list to be notified of future volunteer opportunities, please contact

We appreciate your support!

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Volunteer with Thunderbird for Good and help women entrepreneurs, May 13–19

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Events, Faculty, Opportunities, Outreach, Participation, Staff, Students |

Thunderbird for Good, the nonprofit that functions within the Thunderbird School of Global Management, has a variety of programs that help women entrepreneurs all over the world! This May, Thunderbird for Good is working on its DreamCatcher program and we’re looking for volunteers.
From Monday, May 13, 2019, to Sunday, May 19, 2019, in downtown Phoenix, Thunderbird for Good will be hosting Native American women entrepreneurs for a week of mentoring, business classes and networking opportunities.
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Volunteer at the EPICS High Showcase, April 13

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Events, Incoming students, Outreach, Students |

Please join the upcoming EPICS High Showcase as we celebrate the collective impact made by EPICS High teams across the valley. EPICS High is an engineering design service-learning program for high school and middle school students that incorporates the engineering and human-centered design processes in providing solutions to real-world problems facing communities.

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Volunteer at ASU Open Door, February 2 and 23

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Customize your experience, Events, Graduate Students, Outreach, Spirit and Traditions, Students |

Volunteers interact with guests at ASU Open Door

We need your help at ASU Open Door! The Tempe and Polytechnic campuses will soon host visitors to explore and experience the creative energy that powers a world-class university — and the Fulton Schools play an important and major role.

You can help us make this awesome event a success! Volunteer positions range from assisting with hands-on activities to helping set up and clean up.

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Customize your experience this spring!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Customize your experience, Events, Fulton Schools, Graduate Students, Incoming students, International Students, Internships, Opportunities, Organizations and Teams, Outreach, Participation, Research, Spirit and Traditions, Students, Transfer Students |

Welcome to the spring 2019 semester! As you settle into your classes, don’t forget about all the exciting things the Fulton Schools have to offer outside the classroom. See how you can customize your experience this semester whether you’re a new student, in your second semester or year, an upperclassman or a graduate student!

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Volunteer with FIRST LEGO League, December 8 and January 19–20

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Outreach |

FIRST LEGO League is an exciting and fun global robotics program, designed to ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of the basic principles of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) in children ages 9 to 14.

Arizona FIRST Lego League is currently seeking volunteers to serve as judges, referees, scorekeepers, and more for our tournaments occurring across the state in December and January.

FLL Qualifying Tournament
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Polytechnic campus

Arizona FLL State Championship
Saturday, January 19, 2019–Sunday, January 20, 2019
Tempe campus

Sign up to volunteer!

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Inspiring the next generation with graphic information technology

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Outreach |

Christina Carrasquilla talks about the GIT program to the YESW participants

Professor Carrasquilla tells YESW participants about the GIT program at the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Written by Katie White

Edited by Christina Carrasquilla

On September 29, GIT faculty and students of the AIGA Poly club worked with Young Engineers Shape the World to create a fun and interactive workshop to encourage high school students to explore design thinking.

YESW is facilitated by a local high school educator and by faculty and students of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Students from all around the valley attend three-hour workshops that expose them to the different engineering degree programs at ASU.

The Polytechnic campus-based workshop started with a creative and challenging icebreaker presented by YESW educator Lisa Tozzi from Westwood High School. Students put themselves in alphabetical order by school without talking or using smartphones. With these limitations, the students used creative ways of communicating including making letters with their hands, writing on their arms and taking pencils to form into letters.

young engineers communicating without using words to orgnaize themsleves in alpha order by school attended

YESW participants communicate nonverbally in an ice-breaker activity.








With creativity flowing, students were ready to engage with the five GIT-themed activities produced by GIT Lecturer Christina Carrasquilla.

“As designers, we use design thinking to brainstorm, sketch, mock-up and then build out our ideas using technology,” Carrasquilla said. “Whether that output is a website, a video, an animation or a printed piece, it all starts with good content.”

Using Random Word Generator, students designed around a random topic each round of activities. This could be any combinations of words: cheap square, defeat invasion, elite Sunday, background test and location cellar dump.

YESW participants workign hard to creat a story

A YESW participant creates a storyboard.

The YESW students broke into groups and rotated through hands-on stations.

AIGA Poly President Jessica Barnett taught students about digital design on devices using tiny square pixels. By using light-up blocks and graph paper, students created their own pixel art characters.

“I am super impressed by the students that attend these events,” Barnett said. “There was one who came all the way from Tolleson.”

YESW participants use stencils and sharpies

Students practice making seamless patterns with stencils and sharpies.

Creating a seamless pattern doesn’t come easy, so GIT student Kelly Foster led an activity to show students first-hand. Using small paper squares and stencils, students drew a pattern, cut it, flipped it, filled in the spaces and then photocopied it several times to create a continuous pattern.

Designing logos is another aspect of GIT. Industrial engineering student Evelyn Holguin coached the students to create their own logos. Using a sketching technique called “Eight in Eight” they drew eight possible logos in eight minutes. To enforce ideation, they chose four of the best drawings to iterate on, then the best one to improve upon again.

The students also learned about storyboarding for video games, commercials and movies, as well as how prototypes are designed.

Through this event, young students were able to see what the Graphic Information Technology degree is all about and flex their creativity.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1744539. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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