No Experience Necessary
Senior Capstone Projects; Science Fair Mentors and Judges; Robotics Classes and Clubs; and much, much more!
Mentors AND Mentees learn and grow from these experiences
Did you ever have a mentor? You know, someone you were able to talk to from time to time about that pesky stumbling block “du Jur” that had you stumped. Someone who you could depend on to listen and offer advice or ask the questions you had not thought of, or, just listen while you talked your way through the problem to an idea. Someone who could help you get started when you were stuck at square one. …… You get the picture.
Well, there are many of middle and high school students interested in a wide variety of topics and engaged in classes, projects and clubs who are looking for that same “someone” to be a mentor to them.
The opportunities we have include:
Science Fair Mentors: Help a student get organized, listen and advise them on their project plan, offer encouragement and maybe a hint or two when they get stuck; pay attention, you’re going to learn a lot!
Science Fair Judges: Join with like-minded professionals to review and judge middle school and high school projects. Be the adult that honors the students’ effort by taking the time to study and comment on product of the students’ hard work.
Robotics Class and Club Mentors: Spend time with middle and high school students engaged in land and undersea robotics classes and clubs. Help them as they get organized; study the problem; develop a plan; and start tinkering with designs and ideas.
Project Lead The Way Mentoring: Spend time in class and after school session with students who are engaged in PLTW curriculum experiences such as Pathway to Engineering, Computer Science or Biomedical Science. You will help your mentee as they learn about and come to understand more about engineering, learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and explore how math and science work in their every day life. Students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and develop vital teamwork, communication, and critical-thinking skills.
Senior Capstone Projects: Spend one on one time with high school students who are taking on some amazing projects!
What is a capstone project? Here are a few snippets from Middletown’s Capstone Manual to help answer that question. (You can find the entire manual at: http://www.ri.net/middletown/mhs/graduation/capstone_manual.pdf)
Design a Product, Service, or System (A1a)
o Design and build a physical product. – Some examples at MHS include desks, entertainment centers, tile tables, benches, baseball bats, go-carts, skateboard ramps, and newly designed rooms.
o Design a plan for development of a park or recreation area. – Examples at MHS include the design of a brochure for public use of the Oakland Forest trail in Portsmouth.
o Investigate an issue (social, political, scientific, moral/ethical, artistic) and propose possible solutions.
o Design a service. – Some examples at MHS include tutoring services, computer classes for teachers, Best Buddies, and Leo Club.
Improve a System (A1b)
o Improve the system for water treatment in a community. o Design a curriculum unit to address a gap or a problem you identified. o Identify a problem within the structure of student government and make a proposed solution. o Troubleshoot and repair faults in the operation of an automobile, mechanical device, or computer-based system. – Examples at MHS include rebuilding vehicles, rebuilding computers, removing rust from a vehicle’s exterior.
Plan and Organize an Event or an Activity (A1c)
o Plan and Organize a voter registration drive within the school or community. o Arrange a series of career Information Seminars. – Examples at MHS include hosting a career fair with community business people.
o Organize a cultural festival/business exposition. – Examples at MHS include putting on a Spanish Festival for 200 students.
o Organize an exposition of student art work. – Examples at MHS include various art shows hosted both on and off campus, theatre productions hosted at both MHS and Gaudet, improvisational nights, writing expositions..
o Design and implement lessons at an elementary, middle or high school.- Examples at MHS include lessons completed at all three levels with teaching topics that include meteorology, physics, art, writing, history, theater and much more.
Advisory Boards, and Industry Liaison: Help to support education programs by coordinating efforts to bring industry into the classroom, and students to industry for visits or internships and participate in career exploration interviews. Those education models such as career academies need professionals engaged in the academies’ focus (e.g. Engineering, Robotics, Computers etc.) to serve as members of advisory boards. These boards among other things help to assure the academy’s curriculum and student experiences remain current with developments in the industry.
Mentor FAQs (source, The Mentoring Partnership http://www.thementoringpartnership.com/home/faqs/)
- Why should I become a mentor?
As a mentor you will have the opportunity to:
▪ share valuable knowledge based on your own experience
▪ develop your coaching, communication and leadership skills
▪ motivate and support a student to fulfill their potential
▪ help students understand more about work in your field
- How will I be helping my mentee?
As a mentor, you will help your mentee by:
- providing occupation or industry specific guidance related to the project your mentee is working on
- providing guidance on project management; how to plan and work on a large scale project
- sharing your personal experience and offering options for your mentee to consider
- supporting your mentee to maintain self-confidence throughout the project
- What are the mentor’s responsibilities?
- provide USEF with details on professional background and interests
- participate in a mentor orientation session
- work with the mentee to determine objectives for the mentoring relationship and set goals related to project scope, materials, time commitment, etc.
- communicate periodically with the mentoring coach to report on the progress of the relationship and assist in program evaluation
- seek support from the coach for referral to resources, troubleshooting etc.
- How long will I mentor for? How many hours a week are involved?
The time commitment will vary based on the complexity of the project. A schedule of how this time is used can be worked out between the mentor and mentee to best suit their partnership goals and availability and project needs.
MENTORING IS A TWO WAY STREET
YOU WILL ENCOURAGE, INSPIRE, ENJOY AND LEARN!