Letters to a Pre-Scientist connects students in low-income schools with scientists using the ol’ pen pal method. They ask that scientists sign up to send four letters over the course of the school year to an assigned student. Sounds fun, refreshing, and relatively easy. I only just found out about this program and the first letter receipt deadline has already passed (sorry!). Anna, the organizer of LPS, told me that although the letters have already started up this year, she makes a waiting list for when scientist pen pals fall through, so sign up as a scientist-in-waiting and stick around for upcoming years. More info about your specific duties as a pen pal found here.