A) Lead Instructor or B) Instructor for Onsite Program
Working at BlueStamp is an incredible opportunity to gain hands on experience with engineering skills and inspire young people to build projects of their own.
About The Company:
BlueStamp Engineering is a 6-week summer program in New York City, Palo Alto, and San Francisco where high school students individually build engineering projects. Students select and build a project of interest (e.g. solar powered electronics, robots, GPS devices, video games, mini wind turbines, etc.) with a motto of “learning by doing.” Students go through the entire process of building and testing their devices while supporting their work with full documentation published online. Projects have a wide degree of difficulty, from electronics kits to customized designs.
Open Positions for Onsite Programs (NY, PA, SF) – (A) Lead Instructor and (B) Instructor:
BlueStamp, LLC is looking for independent, motivated, enthusiastic, and technical people to join our summer staff in all locations. Lead Instructors (A) will have roughly an 11 week commitment (8 weeks of program time on site and 3 weeks of remote, part time preparation). Instructors (B) will have a 9 week commitment, where 8 weeks is on site and 1 week is remote. Both positions require staff to work together to assist students in creating their projects. This will include teaching engineering techniques and concepts, tools and safety, technical documentation, and troubleshooting methods. Staff will guide students to ideas, approaches, and sources of solutions without “just doing it for them.” BlueStamp projects are technically rigorous and require top notch engineering skills in order to properly guide students. Both positions will involve the following responsibilities:
Before the program:
- 1 week Engineering Immersion: Staff will come together for one week prior to the start of the program and build high level engineering projects in order to gain experience with parts, tools, and platforms typically used by BlueStamp Students.
- 3 day training with fellow staff members to learn about program operation, best practices, review student projects, and set up BSE maker space.
During the program:
- Help students create and troubleshoot their projects.
- Motivate, inspire, and share the love of building with students.
- Help students create their online portfolios documenting their progress
Lead instructors (A) have the following additional responsibilities:
- Help students select and define their individual project before the program begins (this can be done remotely over skype/email).
- Guiding class each day and being responsible for students’ safety, project organization, and completion of deliverables.
- Order all student project parts and general classroom tools (in advance of the program and during the program).
- Specific to Lead Instructor (A): Candidate should have top notch organizational skills, maturity, and leadership qualities. Graduate students preferred but particularly strong undergraduates will be considered.
- Education and practical experience in one or more of the following four areas: (1) Electronics Hardware, (2) Firmware/Software, (3) Mechanical Design and Drafting (4) Game design.
- Significant experience with building, designing, and troubleshooting devices or prototypes of similar scope to student projects shown here: http://bluestampengineering.com/the-students/. Applicants should be able to showcase and discuss, in depth, any of their projects.
- Skilled in troubleshooting problems and using the engineering tools of their discipline.
- Experience teaching/leading students (e.g. instructor roles, youth camps, tutoring, mentoring, etc).
- Ability to think and act quickly on a project to identify solutions that can meet goals on a structured, fast-paced schedule in a busy environment.
- Desire to share the excitement of designing and engineering with high school students, while motivating students through the challenging and frustrating stages of prototype construction.
- Excellent communication skills, unfettered honesty and integrity, and the ability to work with minimal supervision are all a must.
Onsite Program Logistics:
- Each staff member will be assigned to both an AM section meeting from 8:30am – 1:00 and a PM section meeting from 12:30 – 5:00pm (30 minute overlap to accommodate guest speakers).
- The student-to-staff ratio is approximately 3:1. Typically we assign 4 staff members to each section. The skill set for each section consists of an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, computer scientist, and Junior TA (previous exemplary BSE student).
- Each section will consist of 10-14 motivated students who have passed a rigorous application process.
- All staff will participate in an on-site project-building bootcamp, room setup, and staff training before the start of the program.
- Class meets Monday-Friday for 6 weeks (excluding 4th of July). Program start dates are typically early/mid-June through late July or early August which vary slightly by city.
- Staff will help close up the program after the 6 weeks are complete.
- Compensation: Both positions are paid on a stipend, depending on experience.
- Lead Instructors (A) earn $7-8,000 and are eligible for an additional merit based bonus of up to 25% of total compensation.
- Instructors (B) earn $5-6,000 and are eligible for an additional merit based bonus of up to 25% of total compensation.
- All staff must pass a background check.
Submit your application online via the green “Apply Externally” button.
Note: We are also accepting applications for our remote instructor positions