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New York, NY
Posted: July 15 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 10 Part-time, Paid
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DescriptionBecome a Maker Fellow
MakerState is currently accepting Maker Fellow instructor and assistant instructor applications for our 2015 makerspace for kids program. We are looking for STEAM enthusiasts and educators who want to share their passion and skills to empower budding engineers (STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, math).
MakerState empowers kids ages 5-18 with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math passion and skills through makerspace workshops in robot engineering, fashion/wearable electronics, eco-engineering, video game design, paper circuits, 3D prototyping and printing, comic book creation, moviemaking, and more. The program emphasises the Engineering Design Process and 21st Century Skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. MakerState hosts its makerspaces in after-school programs, community workshops, pop-up makerspaces, summer camps, and birthday celebrations.
Our Maker Fellows are part-time instructors and curriculum writers in our partner schools and community centers. Our Fellows teach 2-20 hours or more per week, generally in the after school hours between 2:30pm-5:30pm, and/or Saturdays. The Maker Fellow is the primary instructor for young makers in our after-school and community programs. Fellows have three primary responsibilities:
guiding kids through MakerState’s award-winning “Challenge” curriculum and independently managing makerspaces in their assigned school and/or community space(s)
create new Challenge projects (usually 10-15 per semester) in a tech-arts field they are passionate/skilled in
act as ambassadors in their community, representing Maker Fellowship and helping to find new Fellows
The Fellowship commitment is usually for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) but Fellows are encouraged to serve longer terms if they wish.
ResponsibilitiesIMPORTANT: If you are selected as a Maker Fellow, you will have to learn Minecraft, Scratch, and TinkerCAD and pass a performance test in each of these technologies.
Experience working with kids ages 5-18 in a school or community-based program
Expertise/passion in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) field (see Preferred Experience below)
Bachelors or Masters Degree in a STEAM field preferred
Preferred Experience in one or more of the following
Scratch or other computer programming tools/apps for kids (regular programming languages great too!)
Minecraft: Redstone engineers needed!
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics system
MaKey MaKey & littleBits
Tinkercad (or other 3D design apps like Blender, SketchUp, Autodesk)
Game design: analog & video games
Stop-motion movie making & editing: iMovie, Moviemaker, Final Cut, etc.
Microcontrollers: Arduino, LilyPad, Flora, Raspberry Pi
A plus if you know Space Engineers, Game Salad, Gamestar Mechanic
Crafting, designing, building, hacking, and making in general