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Prototype Project Mentor

Applications due September 17

Position Description

The TELUS Spark Prototype Project mentors junior and senior high school students as they conceive, design, build, test, and refine their own interactive, hands-on science center exhibits. Students work with TELUS Spark staff and volunteer community experts to create engaging science experiences with the needs of visitors in mind. Through the design thinking process, students explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts while immersed in a hands-on, interactive learning opportunity. The projects culminates with a special Celebration of Learning event where the students can showcase their exhibits and invite guests to interact with them. As a Prototype Project Mentor, you will attend classroom visits to ask questions, provide constructive feedback on, and assist with building and physical testing of students’ in-progress prototypes.

Availability

  • Project Duration: October 1 to December 11, 2019
  • Schedule: school visits take place during school hours and typically last 1-3 hours; dates TBD

Key Responsibilities

  • Attending classroom visits at participating schools
  • Supporting students as content and/or skill experts
  • Providing constructive feedback on student projects, thinking creatively about how different aspects of design could impact user experience
  • Assisting with construction and physical testing
  • Supporting Celebration of Learning by assisting with set-up and tear-down, welcoming guests, and way-finding

Desired Skills and Qualifications

This position is best suited for someone who:

  • Communicates fluently in English
  • Enjoys working with youth
  • Thrives on creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Has experience with science, technology, engineering, art, math, building, trades, design, architecture, sustainability, or education

Requisites

  • Mandatory Prototype Project training session: TBD
  • Police clearance