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ORGANIZATION: ISTEM KIDS

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WHO WE ARE

iSTEMkids (formerly iSTEM Academy) is a small 501(c)3 non-profit that offers STEM based afterschool and summer camp programs to kids. Our values and class rules are Be Kind, Be Curious, and Be Focused. Within our STEM curriculum, we include micro-lessons on more socially responsible topics, such as ethics in STEM, reparational history, and the importance of inclusion.

WHO YOU ARE

Basic requirements for this position are a patient, friendly, and curiosity / knowledge driven personality. Emotional regulation in our staff is of utmost importance. You must also be able to pass a background check and be able to work with minors. Any prior experience in STEM or child care / education is preferred, but not required.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

As an iSTEM Guide, you will primarily be working at various locations in public schools, as well as community youth organizations to increase confidence, technological access, and STEM literacy in kids. Our most frequently run courses are Scratch Game Development and various robotics / AI courses using the Birdbrain Hummingbird.

Training is provided, so no experience is necessary, although it is appreciated. Most classes are managed by a team of at least two iSTEM Guides. Our after school classes are three hours per day that they are run, which includes 2.5 hours for the lesson, and a half an hour total for prep and cleanup. Our summer classes are 6 hours a day, 5 days a week on weeks they are run. This year's summer classes run weekdays from July 8th - 26th. You can participate as your schedule allows, but it is vitally important to notify us as soon as possible if you cannot make a class that you are scheduled for. There may also be some additional hours for class prep and training at home, depending on your availability.

FIND OUT MORE

You can learn more about us on our website at https://istemkids.com. We do have social media pages with the username iSTEMkids, though they are not very active.

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About ISTEM KIDS

Location:

3001 NE 59th St, Vancouver, WA 98663, US

Mission Statement

iSTEM’s mission is to facilitate access to STEM education and increase digital and science literacy in young learners

Description

Since iSTEM held its first course, we've experienced a heartwarming and unexpectedly high demand for our services. We thank the local community, including Camas School District, and our students' parents for the incredible support.

In May of 2018, iSTEM offered its first class, "Custom 3D printed Fidget Spinners" to the Camas School District. Initially working with just 8 borrowed laptops, iSTEM quickly expanded to two school districts, 6 schools, and nearly 80 students. We've provided courses in 3D printing, 3D modeling, robotics, Minecraft modding, and graphic design. With the success and community support of our program, within just one year, we were able to invest in better equipment, additional courses, and an expanded staff.

In 2020, we shut down due to Covid. This was a time of false restarts, pivoting, and ingenuity, but we pulled through and are now emerging as a stronger, more adaptable company.

As we move through 2024, we are expanding into additional educational models and spaces, as we continue working to provide STEM education to all.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

841 Northeast 22nd AvenueCamas, WA 98607

(45.59541,-122.4028)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Youth Services
  • Computer Science
  • People Skills
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-30 hours a week for our summer program (July 8th - 26th), and 3-6 hours a week for our after school program

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