Menlo Park, CA 94025 | June 15 - August 13 | Full Time | Seasonal - Summer 2020
Spend Your Summer Designing and Building One of a Kind Creations with the Team at Project Ember
Calling all ambitious educators, artists, engineers - empaths and creatives of all kinds! Come spend your summer teaching kids to use power tools, saying yes to wild and imaginative designs, and creating a community where campers feel seen, heard, and valued.
Creativity thrives in spaces where everyone feels a sense of belonging; we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees, in celebration of all identities.
ABOUT PROJECT EMBER
Project Ember is an artistic engineering camp where kids collaboratively design and build interactive projects at a scale you have to see to believe. Every week of camp has a surprise theme, but beyond some guiding constraints, our campers have the creative freedom to design their very own projects. Without blueprints or kits, our campers and Collaborators (counselors) spend the week designing, prototyping, testing, iterating, and refining a project. And then we celebrate what we've made with a huge demonstration day. The magic of Project Ember lives at the intersection of daring creativity and inclusive collaboration. Kids are challenged to take big creative risks without guaranteed success and to work together to accomplish something bigger than they could imagine doing on their own. Vulnerability is an essential piece of meaningful creative output, personal growth, and teamwork, so we work tirelessly to create an environment where all campers feel a sense of belonging.
ABOUT THE JOB
Work with kids ages 8-14 to engineer larger than life art, structures, puppets, vehicles, mechanisms and more. Create a community of learners who celebrate mistakes, honor sincerity, and value the power of both the individual and the team. Use a huge range of supplies and tools from standard arts and crafts, to power tools and dimensional lumber. You don’t need to be perfect to apply; come with either experience making rad stuff or experience working with kids. While both is ideal, we want our team to be a mix of educators, makers, artists, facilitators, and engineers.
Your primary role will be supporting and guiding kids through the complex process of working on a team to make something bigger than themselves (figuratively and literally). You will be a teammate, doing the work right alongside the kids. You will be a facilitator, making sure every voice is heard and guiding the kids through compromise and towards consensus. You will be a leader tilting the environment towards engagement, and the project towards completion. At other times you will have to hold firm boundaries that keep kids physically and emotionally safe. Above all else, you will help create a space where kids at our camp feel seen, heard and loved.
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We make large scale projects because they captivate and unleash the imagination. We might challenge our kids to conceive of a mechanism that allows the smallest member of their team to safely lift the rest off the ground, a sophisticated engineering feat. But our prompts go beyond the technical into the artistic terrain of world-building. Why are they being lifted? Who's lifting them? Where does the scene take place? By asking kids to contextualize their design within a world, they are challenged to think holistically, projects offer more avenues for connection, and most importantly, we stretch the imagination to its limits. The complexity and scale of our design challenges also create authentic motivation for collaboration; it's near impossible (and a lot less fun) to bring these worlds to life without teamwork and solid communication.
No kits. No blueprints. No guarantees it will work. Just a challenge, curious minds, a cooperative environment, and a whole lot of screws.
Yup, practice. We think of creativity like any muscle that must be warmed up, stretched, challenged, nourished, rested then worked again. At Project Ember, we obsess over creating an environment that supports the formation of a creative habit. We say yes to crazy ideas. To create stability and restore energy amidst the uncertainty and challenges of a complex project, we use both ritual and play. We celebrate mistakes, and plan our project time so we can investigate and make revisions when things go wrong.
Curiosity is at the heart of an engaging and rewarding life. It allows us to see the things we don't yet know as opportunities rather than an obstacles. When we value the ability to ask good questions over information recall, it makes kids both better listeners and doers. This approach closes the gap between novice and expert, creating less intimidating environments for collaboration. A curious mind is humble and observant and its joy is infectious. It infuses learning with wonder and drives exploration of new terrain. To develop a curious mind is to invite a child to a lifelong practice of self-motivated learning.
We ask kids to dream big and work hard. Our projects are ambitious; creative thinking and curiosity alone won't see us to the finish line. We need elbow grease and resilience to get it done. We need grit.
Grit separates brilliant ideas from brilliant creations. Thinking is easy, starting is hard, and finishing can seem nearly impossible. Grit get us to the other side of the hurdles that stand between us and successfully bringing our ideas to life.
Join a summer camp where we see each camper as a whole person who we want to get to know. Work for a place that supports kids’ vulnerability and creativity, empowers them with trust (and power tools), and celebrates sincerity.
1-10 team members
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