Trailblazer Guidelines & Training
Volunteers are a very important part of the Trailblazer experience. Volunteers are positioned at each station in the Trailblazer and interact with the students during the tour. They will help with the demonstrations and provide students with information about the areas that they are exploring. Volunteers do not need to have any special experience or technical background. All activities are easy to learn and TAME personnel will brief the volunteers prior to the tour and provide scripts containing suggested talking points. Volunteers will be standing throughout their shift, so please have them wear comfortable shoes. Volunteers can be parents, school staff/volunteers, high school or college students and employees of local businesses and sponsoring organizations.
• You need to provide a minimum of 5 volunteers. Volunteers need to arrive at the Trailblazer for training 35 minutes before students are scheduled to visit. Please adjust the start time to allow enough time for volunteers to check into the school office before reporting to the Trailblazer.
• If there are not 5 volunteers, displays will be shut down.
• Multiple volunteer shifts can be set up as long as they overlap by 15 minutes so the earlier volunteers can train their replacements.
• Please start early to recruit your volunteers. They are essential to the program. Please stress to your volunteers the importance of arriving on time to the Trailblazer for training. Students cannot enter the Trailblazer until all volunteers are trained.
These training videos are intended to help your volunteers become familiar with the exhibits and what to say to students. Please do not share them with students.
Trailblazer I Scripts:
Trailblazer II Scripts: