Volunteer Mentor for "Mentors in the Making" Fab Lab Program

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Position Title: Mentor

Supervisor: Jon Doctorick, Fab Lab Technical and Education Manager

Position Description:

  • Mentors work alongside a high school student in designing projects using technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting, while building a positive relationship with the student and supporting them in developing life skills and exploring a career in STEM.


  • Mentors will work alongside a student while learning to use the Fab Lab equipment and software and then designing a capstone project that will have a positive impact in the community.
  • Mentors are expected to act as a role model and a source of friendship and encouragement for their mentee.
  • Mentors assist and collaborate with students on their project, and they empower and inspire the mentee to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Mentors also support students by guiding conversations about careers and school.

Time Commitment:

  • Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee weekly at the Fab Lab for the duration of the program (November - April) on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, based on mentor and mentee availability.
  • Exceptions can be made with advanced notice to Supervisor, Jon Doctorick, or a designated Fab Lab employee, if a mentor needs to miss a meeting or the mentoring pair has agreed to switch days for one week.



  • Interest in working with youth
  • Interest in learning new skills


  • Experience working in a STEM-related field
  • At least 21 years old


  • All mentoring is done on site. Any outside contact is mediated by Fab Lab staff.
  • Mentors do not pedantically teach or discipline mentees.
  • Mentors do not need to have any experience with Fab Lab equipment.

Training Methods:

  • Mentors will attend a Mentoring 101 workshop facilitated by the Mentoring Partnership as an introduction to mentoring best practices and to learn how to navigate building a relationship with their mentee.
  • Mentors will learn how to use the hardware and software in the Fab Lab during instructional classes led by Fab Lab Education Facilitators during the first weeks of the program.

Work Location: Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free Parking
  • Museum Discounts
  • Dinner provided during Mentors in the Making sessions


  • Upon acceptance into the program, all volunteers are required to provide and pay for background checks and clearances. Act 33 and 34 Clearances are free for volunteers.
  • Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years must have their Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33) and Criminal Record Check Clearance (Act 34).
  • Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years must have their Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33) and Criminal Record Check Clearance (Act 34) plus an FBI Fingerprint Clearance (Act 114).

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One Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, US

Mission Statement

About Carnegie Science Center

Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life. In addition to providing valuable scientific experiences, Carnegie Science Center engages in outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh's diverse community. The Science Center is located on Pittsburgh's North Shore along the banks of the Ohio River and is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. The Science Center provides experiences that are entertaining, interactive, first hand, accessible, relevant and understandable. The Science Center strives to identify and meet the needs of the community in its full diversity.


Carnegie Science Center will

  • Optimize a high-volume, highly-personalized approach to its impact on visitors, ensuring that each individual touched is encouraged to seize the greatness and potential within themselves, directly affecting career aspirations, personal development and achievement.
  • Invent the next-generation science center, establishing CSC as a dynamic destination of choice for core and expanding audiences, resolving space constraints, and establishing the broadest possible mix of experiences across the science and technology spectrum.
  • Differentiate itself by capitalizing on community partnerships and local/regional science and technology advancements, both inside and outside the confines of CSC's physical facility.
  • Carnegie Science Center will respect and address the interests, concerns and needs of the people of the region and all staff.
  • The internal environment will enable staff and volunteers to be creative, develop personally, and gain the satisfaction of personal accomplishments.
  • All visitors will feel welcome, empowered and respected. The Center will be customer oriented in all its activities.
  • An evaluative process will be integrated into all actions to ensure effectiveness in relation to people's (staff and audience) needs, interests and potential.
  • Visitors will perceive good value, total quality and outstanding customer service.


The Carnegie Science Center is a place where discoveries are made every day from the why of natural phenomena to the how of new technologies.


We'll work with your schedule.


Carnegie Science CenterOne Allegheny AvePittsburgh, PA 15212




  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • November-April 2019 on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, based on mentor and mentee availability.
  • Please go to http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/join/adult-volunteers/ to complete an online application, or call (412)237-1621 for more information.

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