Engineering Design Workshop Volunteer 2020

Description

The Engineering Design Workshop (EDW) is the Museum’s permanent exhibition that engages over 180,000 visitors in engineering and computer science programming annually. EDW volunteers facilitate hands-on engineering Design Challenges and assist visitors by asking guiding questions, giving encouragement, and providing feedback while they create, test, and improve prototype solutions to a given problem. The EDW also offers computer science activities, where volunteers help visitors build computational thinking skills, like pattern recognition or problem decomposition, while trying out a variety of hands-on programming challenges. Our goal is to help visitors have a fun and engaging experience in order to practice skills that engineers and computer scientists use and increase access to and identity with these STEM fields.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate hands-on activities for Museum visitors in and around the Engineering Design Workshop, using informal education methods appropriate for diverse audiences.
  • Attend weekly professional development briefings and participate in ongoing training about best practices for facilitating informal engineering and computer science activities.
  • Represent the Engineering Design Workshop as well as act as an ambassador for the Museum by welcoming visitors, answering questions, and providing excellent customer service.
  • Regular and on-time attendance in order to support EDW program commitments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Interest and enthusiasm for informal engineering and computer science education.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort facilitating activities with both small and large groups.
  • Highly motivated, dependable, mature, and flexible.
  • Minimum age 14 years.  

Commitment

  • One 3.5 hour shift per week (9:30am-1:00pm OR 12:30pm-4:00pm) for a minimum 4 to 6 month commitment.
  • Volunteer positions are scheduled seven days a week; shift availability dependent on program needs.
    • Shift choices include: Morning (9:30am-1:00pm) or Afternoon (12:30pm-4:00pm).

On-Boarding Training

  • Attendance at the New Volunteer Orientation session is required.
  • Completion of E-Learning Module as assigned by Human Resources within the first two weeks of start date.

Supervisor

Coordinator, Informal Engineering & Computer Science Learning