Maker Educator Application: Take Notes

 
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This application opens October 10th and closes December 8th. Notifications of selection will be made December 29th.

Description

Vector Space is seeking a maker educator for the Take Notes camp July 26 - August 1 of 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

This series of three maker-based boarding camps is designed for teens entering college. Each week of camp will be an in-depth experience covering many maker mediums, focused on preparing students for college (and life in general). The primary goal of this series is for students to have an understanding of where the material things in their life come from, how they are made, a general sense of how things work, and a cultural experience in Central Virginia that differs from theirs at home. Site visits will take students to the source of their materials or the people who produce them, and to remind students that making happens everywhere, not just at makerspaces. Guest speakers are recruited to share varied insights about craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. And a local guide will show students throughout the city in the evenings, attending live performances and art galleries, reminding students of why we make.

This is an opportunity for a maker educator to practice their craft in an exciting and challenging way. It's a chance to learn alongside a peer and develop your own skillset while you share a lifetime of experience with ten rising college students.

This application is specifically for the Take Notes camp. You should review the camp description prior to applying and email any additional questions to info at vector-space.org. Applicants may apply to teach multiple camps, so be sure to review Wake Up and Get Dressed as well (non camp-specific answers may be copy/pasted when applying for more than one week). The application deadline is December 8, 2019. To download application questions for review in full before applying, click here.

Schedule

You can find the details of the schedule on the camp description page. In addition to the time spent with students Sunday evening through Saturday morning, the instructors are also expected to attend orientation and tool training at Vector Space from 12pm - 5pm the Saturday before the camp, as well as 8am - 2pm on Sunday, preparing for the camp.

Responsibilities

  • Be able to solve unexpected problems as they arise.
  • Lead ten 18-19 year olds through an immersive maker experience, with the ability to provide a meaninful outcome for both the experienced and inexperienced.
  • Be able to recognize when your approach is not working, and quickly adapt to meet the needs of the students.
  • You and the other educator will have monthly planning calls in preparation leading up to the camp and will report the plan to Vector Space's Executive Director.
  • Identify needs for the camp. While the camp is not open to a complete curriculum overhaul, it is open and welcome to your suggestions and modifications.
  • Write an ~800 word blog post about your experience leading the camp within 30 days of the camp's completion.

Qualifications

  • Ability to lead, teach, and collaborate.
  • 3+ years experience teaching teens in traditional or non-traditional educational environments.
  • 5+ years experience making things.
  • Sociable, personable, charismatic, and enjoys working with others.

Benefits

  • Pay for this program is fixed at $2000.
  • Meals are included.
  • Lodging is included, with check-in Friday (7/24), and checkout the following Saturday morning (8/1).
  • Travel expenses are NOT included.

 

This program is generously funded by Cognizant's Making the Future program, which seeks to inspire young learners to pursue science, technology, engineering and math disciplines by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities.

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