Employer Profile: FutureMakers, Baltimore, MD

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FutureMakers is the mobile makerspace for grade and middle school students in the counties surrounding Baltimore and Washington, D.C. We ignite curiosity and build skills among young makers – hands-on problem solvers who tinker, build and thoughtfully play – using traditional tools and cutting-edge technologies. Developed by a team of educators and makers, FutureMakers brings maker education to public, private, homeschool and out-of-school time learning centers across the region. We believe kids need tools, not just toys.

Maker Education Coaches

Paid/ Part Time

FutureMakers is a growing team of maker education coaches – makers who teach, and teachers who make – with active practices as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, and exceptional educators. We partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area to provide immersive, K – 8 learning labs where young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and technologies, in material-rich environments. Our in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences foster essential connections between young makers and and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators, ready to reimagine and design the world around them. FutureMakers coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

We encourage our coaches to follow their passions in and out of the classroom environment, using their own interests and skills to connect with young people. We’re seeking makers and educators who consider themselves experts in technologies, fabrication traditions, STEAM and maker education, and are ready to grow unique learning experiences that will change how a young person sees themselves in the world! We believe kids make things better.

Levels Taught:
1st – 8th grades, in- or out-of-school time settings.

Class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 20.

Instructional Team:

Although many of our partner sites are facilitated by single coaches, FutureMakers coaches often work together as co-facilitators at sites with larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. Co-coaches work together to combine their individual passions into the creation of unique workshop plans, which develop and evolve throughout the workshop duration. Together, you will plan, instruct, and assess your project’s progress. On site, you report to our partner site manager. You are expected to communicate effectively with partner sites, FutureMakers staff, and the students you facilitate, using their feedback to guide the quality and improvements of your workshop. Instructional teams encouraged to apply!

Class Schedules:

We develop programs that take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites. The majority of our programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 – 7:00 PM, but some take place outside of those hours, or on weekend days. Schedules are planned and discussed in advance, and are fixed. Highly eligible coaches will have the opportunity to teach in our immersion labs, an in-school program that pairs maker educators with public school teachers.

Position Type:

Part-time; 5-20 hours per week depending on experience

Compensation:

Coaches typically start at $15, but rates can vary based on experience. There are opportunities to grow within the role to earn as much as $45 per coaching hour. Coaches are presented compensation packages that reflect the total work that goes into the prepping, planning, traveling, and teaching for each program they work. We offer flexible schedules, and all team members choose coaching opportunities that fit their schedule and areas of expertise.

Support Coach- Maker Education- Baltimore

Paid/ Part Time

FutureMakers is a growing team of maker education coaches – makers who teach, and teachers who make – with active practices as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, and exceptional educators. We partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area to provide immersive, K – 8 learning labs where young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and technologies, in material-rich environments. Our in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences foster essential connections between young makers and and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators, ready to reimagine and design the world around them. FutureMakers coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

We encourage our coaches to follow their passions in and out of the classroom environment, using their own interests and skills to connect with young people. Our offices are locating in the Motor House on North Ave in Baltimore City. We are seeking Support Coaches to work alongside our experienced lead Coaches who are interested in being part of an exciting and diverse community of coaches as we grow our presence in Baltimore City. We believe kids make things better.

Levels Taught:
K – 8th grades, in and out of school time settings in schools and community centers.

Class size:
Minimum 10, Maximum 20.

Instructional Team:

FutureMakers Support Coaches work alongside experienced lead coaches at sites that have larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. On site, you report to our partner site manager. You are expected to communicate effectively with your lead coaching partner and partner site staff, FutureMakers admin, and the students you facilitate, using their feedback to guide the quality and improvements of your workshop.

Class Schedules:

We develop programs that take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites. The majority of our programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 – 7:00 PM, but some take place during school days, or on weekend days. Schedules are set by your availability, in advance, and are fixed. This position is seasonal and will last for the duration of the school year, starting in September and ending in June. There are substantial opportunities, for those that are interested, to continue on through the summer, working between 10-40 hours a week.

Position Type:

Seasonal; 3-15 hours per week.

Compensation:

Support Coaches earn $15 per hour with opportunities to grow within the role in to become Lead Coaches.

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

Readiness to apply your skills as a Youth Developer to support the implementation of Maker Education workshops alongside a Lead Coach. Workshops include digital fabrication, product design, basic electronics, traditional woodworking, manufacturing technology, soft circuits and sculpture, sewing, physical computing and a range of tinkering and experimental programs.
Must be adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in informal settings.
Ability to assess your progress and troubleshoot challenges.
Ability to work collaboratively with an co-facilitator.
Reliable transportation.
Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).

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