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Spark to Go Mentor

Applications due March 9

Position Description

Spark to Go is an outreach program which guides 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 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 math (STEAM) concepts while immersed in a hands-on, interactive learning opportunity. The project culminates with a special Celebration of Learning event where participants showcase their exhibits and invite guests to interact with them. As a Spark to Go 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: February to May
  • Schedule: school visits take place during school hours and typically last 1-3 hours; dates TBD
  • Commitment: mentors are welcome to attend as many school visits as they’re able (and are encouraged to attend more than one visit at the same school for continuity, if possible)
  • Mentors are invited to assist with Celebration of Learning, which takes place on May 6 and concludes the project cycle

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 Spark to Go orientation: date TBD
  • Current police check (18+)

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