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Fab Lab Programs Intern
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Website:Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Bay Area Discovery Museum has opened the world’s first Fab Lab specifically designed for early childhood, a model to be scaled and replicated internationally. A Fab Lab is a modern workshop or makerspace which includes computer-based innovation, design, and fabrication that intentionally builds STEM skills through hands-on learning. Originally designed by MIT as an outreach project to promote local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs now comprise a rapidly expanding, global network. The model has increasingly been adopted by middle and high schools for hands-on STEM education, but has yet to be adapted for early childhood.
The Fab Lab Programs Intern reports to the Fab Lab Specialist and is primarily responsible for supporting the Fab Lab Team with all aspects of programming including prep, administration, facilitation, documentation, evaluation, and other duties as assigned. This will include work with on-site programming, performances, festivals and special events.
The Fab Lab Programs Intern is a part-time, unpaid internship position with a flexible work schedule from 15 to 24 hours/weekly. The intern must receive college credit for their time at the Museum.
- Facilitates Fab Lab programming for visitors, members, school groups, camps, and donors.
- Assists in creating, documenting and recording a curriculum suitable for the age ranges of each program.
- Serves as administrative lead for the Fab Lab and Fab Lab Assistant Manager
- Assists in collecting and recording evaluation from program participants.
- Works directly with the Fab Lab Assistant Manager to create projects and curriculum.
- Assists in all aspects of the daily operation and use of the Fab Lab.
- Design program material pieces for fabrication in the Fab Lab
- Creates projects using various design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, and 3d CAD software, and supports children’s use of these programs.
- Operates machines during events and programming as needed.
- Assists with completing large production/manufacturing projects.
- Interacts with and explains process to visitors while working on projects.
- Assists in the setup and clean-up of class sessions and maintains general cleanliness and organization of the space.
- Orders and organizes supplies for programming and production. Maintains inventory of supplies.
- Assists in organizing Fab Lab events and collaborative projects with other departments.
- Provides excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
- Other duties and projects as assigned, including general programmatic support for the Museum.
- In the process of obtaining a B.A, B.S, or BFA in a related field of study.
- Must be eligible to receive college credit.
- Curriculum design experience strongly preferred.
- High quality administrative experience strongly preferred.
- Detail oriented, punctual, and dependable.
- Experience working with design software including but not limited to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and some 3d CAD preferred.
- Working knowledge of fabrication equipment such as a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3d printer, and CNC machine preferred.
- Ability to solder and understand basic circuit design preferred.
- Knowledge in coding, wiring, and programming microcontrollers preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and excellent customer service skills required.
- Ability to take initiative, work, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
- Ability to learn new technology quickly required.
- Bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese preferred.
Position Start Date:
Monday, April 24, 2017
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should apply online at:
Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.