Mentors Needed for Summer STEM Program

Ci3‘s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is seeking graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines to serve as mentors its second summer program, S.E.E.D.


S.E.E.D. takes the form of an extended game with a unifying narrative, played over three weeks using a variety of media, puzzles, and role-playing activities to solve Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics-related challenges (STEAM). Game play will be followed by a two-week game design workshop, in which youth will use the STEAM skills honed over the previous three weeks to create their own games.

We are seeking energetic mentors with different levels of teaching experience with knowledge and interest in areas including science, technology, game design, programming, visual art, writing, theater, storytelling, youth education, and more.

Mentors are organized into two tiers: teachers and TAs. Teachers lead groups through daily activities, keeping students focused and organized. Teaching assistants help Teachers with activities. All mentors are required to build trust, manage behavior, and maintain group cohesiveness.

Mentors will be paired (one Teacher and one Teaching Assistant per pair) and will lead one group of approximately 16 school students through STEAM based challenges and game development.

Mentors will be expected to work from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays and will receive payment for their participation. Each mentor is asked to make a six-week commitment, starting with a mandatory orientation from June 23 – 27. Project S.E.E.D. will take place from July 7 through August 8, on The University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. 

If you are interested in becoming a S.E.E.D. mentor, fill out this application by May 16th, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.

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