INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS & MENTORS (IAMs)
WHO CAN BE AN INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT AND MENTOR?
We need undergraduate or graduate students to serve as “Instructional Assistant and Mentors” (IAMs) at the camp.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN “IAM”?
IAMs ideally should have prior experience working with young kids. We expect IAMS to have intermediate computer skills and interest in STEM fields. Any experience in camp topics (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art) would be a plus!
DOES MY MAJOR MATTER?
Students majoring in education, computers, and technology will be preferred. However, students majoring in other fields may also apply.
IS THIS A PAID POSITION?
Yes, we are proud to be able to pay our mentors. A competitive pay (at or above student worker rate at UH) for your work will be available. In addition, performance-based bonus, UH swags, and certificate of appreciation will be available for our mentors.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES TO BE ACCEPTED AS A MENTOR?
Within two weeks after you fill out your application form, you will be called to an interview session to UH-Sugar Land. We plan to recruit 12-14 mentors. Hiring will be based on your qualifications, interview results, and application materials.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE NEEDED TO APPLY?
- A current resume (including education, prior work/teaching experience, and at least 2 professional references)
- A one-page statement on why you would like to be considered for this position
- Unofficial copy of your transcript showing your current GPA.
CAN YOU WRITE A RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR MENTORS UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM?
UH professors will be able to provide recommendation letters to all mentors who successfully finish the program. Please inquire with camp director for details.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR IAMS?
Mentors need to be available at least 4 hours a day from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm every day, Monday-Friday, June 3-14, 2019.
WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A MENTOR?
Mentors will be assigned a small group (5-7) of elementary school students. You will be responsible for instruction and supervision of the students in your group. Mentors will also be in touch with parents of the students. A high school volunteer may be assigned to you as a helper depending of the availability.
WHAT WILL I TEACH?
You will be following an easy-to-implement curriculum created by UH professors. Lesson plans will be available. All student work will be hands-on and project-based. Almost all projects will involve use of computers and creating an actual product at the end. UH professors may teach short sections of classes. However, most of the class time will involve mentors helping students individually with the tasks and projects. Camp topics include: ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art)
WHAT IS SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION?
Mentors are expected to help each student with their assigned tasks and projects individually during each class period. You will be teaching only a small group of 5 to 7 students. You need to be able to help each student with his/her project in your group during a class.
DO I NEED TRAINING TO BE A MENTOR?
Yes, it is mandatory to complete an online training on “Preventing sexual abuse and child molestation” through UH system. Additionally, there will be a training on how to work with young children, camp procedures, classroom management, and on ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art) on a Mentor Training Day.
AM I GOING TO RECEIVE TRAINING ON THE CURRICULUM?
Yes, you will receive materials and lesson plans ahead of the camp. You are expected to study and be prepared. There will be a half day of curriculum training on the last week of May for Mentors at UH-Sugar Land. Date and Time will be announced.
WHO WILL BE MY SUPERVISOR?
You will report to camp director.
WHAT IS ROLE OF HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER IF HE/SHE IS ASSIGNED TO ME?
You can think volunteers as “teacher aids”. A Volunteer’s primary role is to help you with instruction, working and supervising kids in your group. As an IAM you will be the ultimate responsible person as a teacher and leader in your group.
CAN I BE ABSENT ON SOME DAYS?
We expect full attendance unless there is an emergency or a valid excuse. We need to find a substitute mentor to take care of your students for the day that you would be absent.
WHEN WILL I BE RECEIVING TRAINING, IS THERE ANY ORIENTATION FOR MENTORS?
You can take your “Child Protection” training online prior to the training days in May. We will have several face-to-face sessions in UH-Sugar Land in the last week of May.