Fellowship Opportunity: Teaching Fellow / Teaching Assistant – Kids Science Labs

Kids Science Labs LogoTeaching Fellow / Teaching Assistant
Chicago, Northbrook, Naperville, Seattle, United States · Education · Summer

Kids Science Labs, the leader in center-based hands-on science education, is hiring for our 2016 Summer Science Teaching Fellowship in Education (kids 4-12) at the same time that we are expanding to Seattle with our fifth location in the U.S., located in beautiful Greenlake just 2 miles north of the University of Washington Campus. We are looking for talented students to join us as part of our team of leaders that are changing science education forever for kids. Over 50 teaching fellows have graduated our fellowship program in Chicago and we are excited to bring the opportunity to Seattle and in particular to the community of educators at University of Washington. We offer a fellowship opportunity for both Undergraduates as well as Graduate and Doctoral Student Teachers, who are looking to improve their level of engagement with kids. The desire to be a part of our plan to change kids lives forever through Kids Science Labs is a must.

While we expect that most UW students are interested in our new Greenlake location, note, that we have Teaching Fellows at all of our Chicago area locations as well. The fellowship is highly selective as only about 10% of applicants are selected from schools around the country. We are hiring summer teaching fellows for our five locations: Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL), South Loop (Chicago, IL), Northbrook, IL, Naperville, IL, and Seattle, WA.

If you are a freshman through senior, and desire to learn how hands-on science education that is fun and engaging should be delivered, the KSL Summer Science Teaching Fellowship is for you. Please note that if you are a senior with an expected graduation date in Spring 2016 or pursuing your Masters and/or Ph.D, the details of our Graduate Fellowship are listed below.

This Kids Science Labs 2016 Summer Science Teaching Fellowship in Education a truly unique opportunity to gain leadership and teaching experience in an inspiring environment where we write on the walls, engage kids where their curiosity lies, and inspire the next generation of leaders through everyday hands-on science.

Just a few of the themes for 2016 for our kids include Toy Factory, Med School: Sports Medicine & The Olympics, and Artists are Scientists TOO, with all themes applying to kids as young as age 4 (during the academic year we start at 18 months). We are not a school. We are not a museum. We are a progressive and alternative home for creativity, imagination, and problem solving education. We are Kids Science Labs.

Qualifications for Summer Teaching Fellows
BS/BA degree (or degree in progress)
Previous experience in engaging children (ex: early childhood learning, summer camp guides, etc.)
Ability to adapt and operate in a dynamic, fast paced environment
Passion for hard work and changing the world
Love of being in the classroom and engaging kids
High level of personal responsibility and honesty
Imagination, thoughtfulness, and good sense of humor
Ability to execute on tasks with energy and enthusiasm
Available for at least 8-10 weeks in Summer 2016, starting as early as May 23, 2016, no later than June 20, 2016

Graduate Fellowship – In addition to the above qualifications, we are seeking the following from
graduate applicants:

BS/BA degree (expected graduation in May 2016 or earlier), or Seeking MS/Ph.D in Education
Highly self-motivated to learn effective teaching techniques that are inspiring, fun, and interactive
Ability to deliver hands-on science classes to a group of 20-25 kids

Role of a Teaching Fellow:
While we have the best hands-on science program in the country all year round at Kids Science Labs, Teaching Fellows are critical to our success every summer as we move from our academic year (September – May) to offering summer camp. Teaching Fellows, who are required to be curious and adaptive, are part of a high performing KSL teaching team that engages kids everyday. Together, we explore everything from building go-carts and innovating new toys, to learning about why athletes wear knee braces at the Olympics and how magnets are used inside everyday devices. Teaching Fellows are essential to ensuring that summer camp is an unforgettable experience for the hundreds of kids that attend every week between our Chicagoland and Seattle locations. Make no mistake, although we laugh and have fun, it is still hard work.

The role of a Teaching Fellow is to learn and adapt daily, assist teachers with setting up the classroom experience, learn how to develop mastery of critical thinking skills, be creative, support their teaching team and center, and most importantly engaging students from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. We are seeking thoughtful, compassionate, and motivated fellows who are interesting in helping impact the way that kids think about the world around them, and providing each student with the empowering experience of discovering something new.

Why Kids Science Labs?
We believe that wondering “why” can change the world, and our goal each and every day is to teach kids how. If spending a summer laughing, working hard, innovating, and nurturing the curiosity of children makes you feel energized, we would love to hear from you. Inspire a child today, build a future tomorrow!

Sincere interest in changing education forever through hands-on science
Genuine interest in engaging kids
Passion about education
Desire to learn, grow, and develop as a person, every single day
Bachelor’s Degree
You love life and love having fun
Willingness to try and fail, but not accept defeat, while helping kids overcome the failures that occur through life experience

Inspire the next generation of creative thinkers
We care about who you are and who you want to eventually become as a leader, educator, and innovator
Be a part of a mission driven, high growth, successful company that is changing the face of education
A wonderful leadership development experience
Access to the best hands-on science program and teachers on the planet at Kids Science Labs
Several three (3) hour professional development sessions throughout the summer to build your skills
Direct training in how to better engage kids
Awesome presentation skills training to captivate any audience
Joining a team that loves what they do and is committed to affecting the lives of kids every single day
Free Lunch Fridays

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