Summer Instructor for Camp Reach

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Summer Instructor for Camp Reach


Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) offers a wide range of summer programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for student in grades 4-12. Our academic programs bring over 1,000 students to campus. Programs are one to four weeks in length, both day and residential. We offer programs such as aerospace engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics, and more! We also offer sports camps throughout the summer for students in grades 2-12, which are run in partnership with Athletics. Please see more information about our programs:

Camp Reach is an award-winning engineering outreach program for rising 7th grade girls, to generate interest in engineering and technology and to enhance self-confidence and motivation toward education. Thirty girls from Massachusetts participate annually in the two-week program. This camp will include hands-on experiential workshops, a design project for a community organization, field trips, and recreational activities.

The Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs is seeking to hire three part-time instructors to work with the Camp Reach program. Duties are from 8:30am to 5pm, but are invited to participate in evening or weekend activities. Training is provided to gain exposure to engineering fields, as well as to the engineering design process and ways that it can be incorporated into middle school curricula.

During the Camp Reach program, teachers are each assigned to assist one team of ten campers to complete their community-oriented design project. They will help the girls meet specific goals and facilitate the sharing of ideas. Teachers will also mentor/collaborate with high school Teaching Assistants (former Camp Reach participants) to enhance the experience for the campers. The projects are not particularly technical, so extensive computer or technological knowledge is not required. Teachers will bring their adult perspective and the experience of knowing how to work with girls this age. They also participate in discovery workshop activities (to observe or facilitate/co-teach) and provide evaluation of the program. The total expected time commitment, including preparation and implementation, is about 120 hours. More information can be found on our website (

This position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, good judgement, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. A successful teacher will also exhibit a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and an interest to work with students and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Following are some comments from past teacher participants:

  • “What an empowering experience for girls to have a real impact on their community!”
  • “I learned so much! I had some misconceptions about engineering. When I have taught about engineering design, it has always involved building (bridges, cars, etc.) Now I recognize that engineers do so much more and how this can be expressed to students.”
  • “The most valuable aspect of the program was the first-hand experience I got working with the girls on their design project. At my school, most of our activities are “cookbook” style, where everything is spelled out and all they have to do is follow the instructions. It was encouraging to see that the girls on my design team were able to work their way through the various aspects of an open-ended project, and it was nice to see how much they could accomplish when given the chance.”
  • Middle school (grades 6-8) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teacher in Massachusetts.
  • Conditional offer pending a criminal background check.

  • Payment of $2,000
  • A minimum of Professional development points (PDPs)
  • Lunch during program
  • An on-campus parking pass

    United States of America (Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

    Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
    WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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    Posted: 3/7/2019
    Application Due: 5/27/2019
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