community through several events. Not only did ASME stay involved with established events from years past, such as volunteering at the food pantry and Trick or Treating for canned goods, but also started participating with a few new organizations as well, including the Henry Vilas Zoo and Young Scientists of America (YSA).
About four Fridays out of the semester a group of approximately eight ASMErs traveled out to the River Food Pantry on the east side of Madison. Here the students got the rewarding feeling of helping those in need by serving a hot meal, passing out grocery items, and helping carry food out the cars. This was an excellent way to start the weekend off with some good karma, all while helping a great cause. A second event that ASME has been involved in the past is Trick or Treating for Canned Goods, which also benefits a food pantry. A few days before Halloween two ASME groups split up and put fliers on houses west of campus. The fliers stated that on Halloween ASME would be coming around and collecting cans for the food pantry. This way the residents had time to prepare and go grocery shopping. Then, on October 31st, fighting the rain and chilly conditions, ASME went back out to the previously fliered houses and gathered two car loads of food! Together with a few other student organizations, a total of over 3,000 pounds of food went to the Second Harvest Food Pantry!
One of the newer events that ASME participated in was a 5K race held at Henry Vilas Zoo early in the semester. Here a few ASME members went down to the zoo early on a Sunday morning to help prep for the race. Some even stayed later and passed out refreshments as the runners went along the course. The second new, big organization that ASME got involved with is YSA. This consisted of ASME traveling out west to Mt. Horeb middle school once a week to help middle schoolers with their science projects. Many of the younger students have a build project that will be entered into a regional competition in the spring. ASME’s duty was to assist the students with ideas and give them knowledge on projects such as: building mini helicopters, levers, robots, vehicles, and many other intense projects. Good luck to all of the Mt. Horeb students!
Looking back at the fall semester, ASME was truly involved outside of the UW-Madison campus. Thanks to all that have volunteered your time in the community!
-Jeff Albrecht ASME Outreach chair