Middle School Science Fair Mentor
Handshake Job ID #825504
The purpose of this position is to support the local community by assisting with mentoring local middle school students with their projects for the 2017 Denver metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DMRSEF). The mentor will support the development of introductory math, science, and/or engineering skills, work to enhance student communication and presentation skills and provide general feedback and mentoring for students as they plan for and execute their projects. The Science Fair Mentors program is overseen by Central Colorado AHEC in cooperation the Community STEM Clubs (CSC) program at CU Denver, and is looking to hire 2 or 3 graduate or undergraduate mentors, who will receive training and support to prepare for this in-school outreach experience. Mentors will also receive training to help them assist the mentees with managing the learning process of the rules and application process for the science fair. Each mentor is directly responsible and accountable for any actions within his or her assigned cohort of mentees, both positive and negative. Mentors will also serve as role models for their students--serving as ethical leaders strongly committed to the ideals of the University of Colorado and the Denver Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
We anticipate that this position will require 6-8 hours per week from mid-August 2017 through February 2018. Approximately 3 hours/week will take place on Fridays at North Middle School Aurora, CO. The DMRSEF takes place on Friday, February 16th, and we anticipate additional hours will be necessary in the 2-3 weeks preceding the fair. Mentors are expected to work any weeks that North Middle School is open up until the week of the fair, and to be present the evening before and the day of the fair. Additional work after the fair is possible, depending on outcomes of this pilot program.
Inclusion and Outreach
Reports to Dr. Michael Ferrara, faculty lead of the CSC program, along with Lin Browning, Director of Central Colorado AHEC.
Additional Application Requirements
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Examples of Work Performed
- Understand and support the Denver Regional Science and Engineering Fair Mission, Philosophy, and Objectives
- Support 6th grade students as they design and carry our projects for the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
- Promote and adhere to the rules and regulations of Denver Regional Science and Engineering Fair as outlined in the Mentor Manual and Code of Conduct.
- Participate in all training and orientation activities (including Orientation/Rule/Application Training).
- Commit to full mentor hours, which includes ~3 hours of in-school work each week, and other virtual mentoring duties through the duration of the program. Mentors may need to commit significant additional time in the weeks leading up to the science fair.
- Participate in all mentor debrief meetings.
- Support overall implementation of the program through additional duties as assigned.
- Must be available to work some evenings and weekends.
- Assist office staff with other duties as assigned.
- Currently completing or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be an active University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus member in good standing.
- Ability to work with a diverse populations and work environment.
- Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
- Be willing to undergo a criminal background check.
- Have a strong work ethic and organizational skills.
- Can communicate effectively with peers and students. Desirable Requirements
- Majoring in or have completed an undergraduate degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Education field.
- Previous experience as a mentor, tutor, or with formal K-12 outreach.
- Leadership experience.
- Experience working with young children.
- Knowledge of cultural diversity issues in K-12 and higher educations settings.
- A record of demonstrated cultural competence.
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Initiative driven
- Critical Problem Solving
- Detail Oriented
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