Engineering Innovation (EI) is a summer course for high school students who have an interest in learning more about engineering. EI is administered by the Center for Educational Outreach in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The mission of the Center is to increase the number of youth pursuing STEM education and careers. Engineering Innovation is designed to give students a significant understanding of engineering, allowing them to make informed college and career decisions.
Engineering Innovation is based on an introductory engineering course taught to undeclared freshmen engineering students at JHU. EI covers a range of fundamental engineering topics including materials science, civil, mechanical, electrical, robotics, and chemical engineering. The course includes lectures, but focuses on hands-on lab experiments and group projects. Graded coursework includes lab reports, a mini research report, homework assignments, weekly quizzes, and a final exam. At the end of the course, students who earn an A or B receive JHU credit for the course. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to expose students to engineering principles, allow them to apply the math and science they learn in high school to solving real world problems, and to help students develop critical thinking skills.
Note: This position is not benefits eligible.
Note: Multiple positions available.
Teaching Assistant (TA) Description:
Each class of EI consists of 16-24 students with diverse academic backgrounds. Each class is team taught by a PhD level engineer and a high school teacher who teaches math or science. Select sections of EI also have assigned to them a teaching assistant. The role of the teaching assistant is to support the teaching efforts of the instructor and teaching fellow.
TAs must have completed the Engineering Innovation course and received a letter grade. They must have knowledge of Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and Physics. Teaching assistants must be punctual, have a positive attitude, and treat students with respect. They must also be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. A strong understanding of general engineering principles and extensive lab experience is preferred. Finally, TAs must have a positive attitude and generate enthusiasm for engineering in the classroom.
Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:
Teaching assistants (TAs) work with the Teaching Fellow and the Instructor to ensure labs, lectures, and student projects run smoothly. TAs must have a thorough understanding of labs to ensure that they are conducted with minimal errors. Tasks may include:
Helping with lectures.
Grading labs or homework.
Preparing and cleaning the classroom.
Preparing the Labs before each activity. This includes ensuring that all equipment is in working order , all supplies required for the lab are setup in the space, and that all required safety equipment is available.
Cleaning up the lab space after each activity.
TAs also work closely with students, acting as a mediator between the students and the instructors.
TAs confirm students’ understanding of lectures, labs, assignments and projects.
TAs must have either completed the Engineering Innovation course and received a letter grade or completed an introductory engineering course at their undergraduate institution.
Extensive lab experience is preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
They must have knowledge of Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and Physics.
Able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Possess a fluent understanding of general engineering principles.
Ability to treat students with respect, have a positive attitude and generate enthusiasm for engineering in the classroom.
Engineering Innovation Course Dates: In 2020, most sites will offer EI June 22nd to July 17th, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no class on July 3rd. A few of our sites operate on a different schedule. Please check our website (http://engineering.jhu.edu/ei/) for site specific dates. TA’s will generally need to be available before or after class to assist the Instructors and Teaching Fellows.
TA’s will be paid hourly. TA’s will keep a record of their hours and forward this to the Engineering Innovation office.
Please include your resume and a 1-page description of how your strengths will be an asset to the course when applying for this position.
Classified Title: Teaching Assistant Working Title: Teaching Assistant for EI Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CE Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Casual / On Call Schedule: M-F 9:00am - 3:00pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60004726-CEO Instructors and Students Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering
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