Mentors

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MENTOR FAQ
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WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?
We need undergraduate or graduate students to serve as “Mentors” at our camp. Current classroom Teachers can also be hired as Mentors.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A “MENTOR”?
Mentors ideally should have prior experience working with students. We expect mentors to have intermediate computer knowledge and skills. Experience in Coding and Programming will be preferred.

DOES MY MAJOR MATTER?
Students majoring in education, computers, technology, and STEM fields 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.

WHEN AM I GOING TO HEAR FROM THE CAMP?
Within two weeks after you fill out your application form, we will invite you to an online interview. Hiring will be based on your qualifications, interview results, and application materials.

WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE NEEDED TO APPLY?
1. A current resume (including education, prior work/teaching experience, and at least 2 references)
2. A one-page statement on why you would like to be considered for this position
3. Unofficial copy of your transcript showing your current GPA.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR MENTORS?
Mentors need to be available at least 5 hours a day. 9 am to 2 pm every day, Monday-Saturday during the camp week.

WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A MENTOR?
Mentors will be assigned a small group (5-6) of middle school students. You will be responsible for instruction for your group. Mentors will also be in touch with parents of the students. A high school volunteer may be assigned to you as assistant depending on the availability.

WHAT WILL I TEACH?
You will be following an easy-to-implement curriculum created by UH professors. Lesson plans will be available ahead of time. 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: (Coding: Scratch, Web Development/HTML/CSS, Python Programming, Microbit Programming)

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 6 students. You need to be able to help each student with their projects in your group during a class session.

ONLINE INSTRUCTION
We will be using an online conference system to hold classes. Each mentor will have his/her online conference account to hold small group class. We will utilize break aways rooms for individual mentoring. Zoom will be our software.

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 middle school students, camp procedures, and on the camp curriculum prior to camp start date.

AM I GOING TO RECEIVE TRAINING ON THE CURRICULUM?
Yes, you will receive materials, tutorials, and lesson plans ahead of the camp. You are expected to study and be prepared. There will be 2 days of curriculum training prior to camp start date. Date and Time will be announced.

WHO WILL BE MY SUPERVISOR?
You will report to camp directors.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER IF HE/SHE IS ASSIGNED TO ME?
You can think volunteers as “teacher aides”. A volunteer’s primary role is to help you with instruction, working and supervising kids in your group. As a Mentor, you will be the primary responsible person and leader in your group.

CAN I BE ABSENT ON SOME DAYS?
No. We expect full attendance unless there is an emergency or a valid excuse.

HOW CAN I APPLY?
Please visit http://www.codecougars.org/mentors to apply. 

Girls Coding Academy is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute at University of Houston and hosted by UH STEM Center and Department of Curriculum & Instruction at College of Education at University of Houston.

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