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 (BSE) is a 6-week summer program that offers remote programs to students around the world, as well as in person programs in New York City, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. BSE is a hands on program 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 Position for Remote Programs (Nationwide) – Instructor:
BlueStamp, LLC is looking for independent, motivated, enthusiastic, and technical people to join our remote summer staff. Remote Instructors will have a commitment of 4-10 weeks (this range represents 1-3 three week sessions), where 3-9 weeks is instruction and 1 week is training. Instructors work to assist small cohort(s) of 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. This position will involve the following responsibilities:
Before the program:
- 3 day training with fellow staff members to learn about program operation, best practices, review student projects, and familiarize yourself with the project kit.
During the program:
- Connect with your cohort(s) of 3-5 students and build a positive classroom environment
- 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.
- Share responsibility with other staff to facilitate fun break time and productive office hours.
- Help other staff when they need support on a difficult problem.
- 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.
Remote Program Logistics:
- The remote program consists of three 3-week sessions with three 2.5 hour classes each. Staff members may teach 1-2 classes for 1-3 sessions for a maximum daily commitment of 6.5 hours on Zoom and 60 min on Slack.
- Each instructor will participate in the evening office hours (90 min) regardless of how many classes they teach.
- The student-to-staff ratio is approximately 4:1. Classes are divided up into cohorts of 3-5 students with similar project focuses. Students are highly motivated and have passed a rigorous application process.
- All staff will participate in staff training before the start of the program.
- Class meets Monday-Friday, starting at 9am ET, 12pm ET, or 3pm ET. Office hours are at 6pm ET (subject to change).
- Staff will write recommendation letters as requested for students from their cohorts after the program ends. On average this is 1-5 letters.
- Compensation: Paid on a stipend, depending on experience.
- Typical Instructors will earn $6,000 – $9,000 plus up to a 25% merit-based bonus, depending on the number of classes taught. Pay rate: $1,500 per class taught, where most instructors will teach 2-3 sessions of 2 classes each for a total of 4-6 classes.
- 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 in-person instructor positions.