Position Start Date: February 4, 2019
Position End Date: June 7, 2019
Days / Hours of Service: Monday through Friday; 7:00am-3:00pm, varies weekly according to school schedule
Host Site Agency Name & Complete Address of Host Site Location(s):
- MdBio Foundation, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 415, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
- High schools across Maryland (statewide). Members must have own vehicle and will drive 250-500 miles per week. Site locations will be in Baltimore area (5 weeks), Frederick County (2 weeks), Anne Arundel county, Montgomery County (2 weeks), Prince George’s County, and several sites on the Eastern Shore (3 weeks). Mileage and travel/hotel provided.
Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals: MdBio Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, sparks interest in life-changing career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for underserved communities. MdBio does this through innovative, effective and experiential STEM education programs for middle school and high school students, and workforce development programs for adults.
Program Mission and/or Goals: Mobile eXploration Lab is the country’s largest, most advanced mobile laboratory. Called MXLab for short, the lab expands technology and laboratory science experiences and pique students’ interests in STEM learning and careers across Maryland. Inside the lab, MdBio’s educators engage participants in hands-on and minds-on experiences using technologies not available in schools. MXLab instructors combine MdBio’s core STEM curriculum with data set modeling, virtual reality, cybersecurity and game-based learning.
The goal of MXLab is to provide support to students from underresourced neighborhoods and communities to boost their proficiency and self efficacy in math and science. MXLab achieves this by engaging students in academically rigorous programs focused on science and technology, increasing their awareness of STEM career opportunities, and encouraging students to choose additional STEM coursework, college majors, or careers. MXLab also offers community engagement to provide students’ family members opportunities to learn about STEM so they may better support their student at home.
Community Need: Enhancing diversity in the pipeline of students and early-career employees who are actively choosing to study and work in STEM is the key to long-term economic growth and competitiveness. MdBio Foundation actively seeks to engage students from underrepresented minority groups and level the playing field by bringing hands-on learning experiences to the school’s parking lot. We believe that any student can achieve success in STEM.
Our programs focus on students who are typically underrepresented in STEM careers, especially those from low-income communities. Introducing students to real-world, problem-centric curriculum allows them to gain a deeper appreciation for STEM subjects, better equips them to retain information learned in the classroom, and fosters the development of natural inquiry, higher-level thinking, and creativity.
Member Position Summary: A STEM Community Outreach Specialist is a passionate and well-spoken individual who educates middle and high school students about STEM careers, bioscience, chemistry, engineering, and technology aboard MXLab during and after school at Maryland schools. Coordinator will engage with students and assist MdBio educators, and mentor high school students in small groups. The Coordinator will also assist in the delivery of programs at community and school events.
Member Impact: This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a team that is changing how STEM education is delivered, with a specific focus on underserved communities. The ideal team member will be high-energy, creative, flexible, solutions-oriented, and able to handle rapidly changing circumstances with grace. In return, we offer an unparalleled opportunity to be part of the next big thing in STEM education, excellent benefits, and an entrepreneurial work environment that supports individual success. MdBio Foundation was recently named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work by Washington Business Journal.
Essential Functions of Position:
- Serve as a member of statewide AmeriCorps program team, including teaching assignment, after-school activities, and community events
- Teach age appropriate activities and extended or enrichment opportunities to students onboard the country’s largest mobile STEM laboratory, following MdBio’s curriculum (content training provided)
- Assist students and teachers in developing STEM skills, both onboard the mobile laboratory and in classroom settings
- Guide and support student engagement in STEM and related career exploration
- Serve as a student mentor and positive role model
- Support in planning and execution of mobile laboratory, community and school events
- Maintain required training certifications
- Serve as a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented member of a fast-paced team
- Assist with organization and preparation of laboratory supplies, reagents, and equipment
- Assist with logistics and scheduling for school visits and events, including daily schedule, parking information, and instructor support
- Assist with cleaning and maintaining mobile laboratory each day
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Comply with AmeriCorps terms, including being a U.S. Resident or Lawful Permanent Resident
- Must possess own transportation (location will be at a different school each week) and be willing to travel up to 500 miles per week (mileage reimbursed). Hotel accommodations and meals/travel expenses will be paid when distance exceeds 75 miles of member’s home.
- Must pass a criminal and sex offender background check, and able to pass a drug screening
- Reliable and punctual; timeliness and dependability are critical for this role. Excellent time management required.
- Ability to follow instructions and work cooperatively with other team members, MdBio educators, staff and administrators
- Interest in science, technology, engineering, math, education, or any other similar field
- Must be able to use and have access to the internet
- Ability to work independently and with a team
- Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and be self-motivated
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
- Must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate coursework at a community college or above
- At least two years working with youth
- Possess strong communication and problem solving skills
- Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
Please email resume with cover letter to: email@example.com (ATTN: Anitra Patrick)