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Volunteer Opportunity: Technical Mentor - Game Development

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Published on: January 21, 2021

Technical Mentor in Game Development TSoG is seeking a game developer to join our Technical Mentor (TM) Team. This volunteer, specifically, will team up with Samuel Chang - a biologist TM - to guide teams of high school students to design a game (potentially tabletop, web app, or online) with the purpose to educate younger students about the science behind complex diseases and how we address them with medical advances. The TM project volunteer phases are:

  • February - May - weekly 20-minute tag-up meetings and TM group meetings (1/hour)
  • June - Team Formation / Conceptual Design Stage - TM's provide pre-recorded lecture sessions to release on a YouTube schedule for registered student teams to access
  • July - Preliminary Design Stage - Budgetary resources open to approved student team designs to begin a prototyping process
  • August - Critical Design Phase - Approved team designs are developed further and presented to the sponsors in a final presentation to close out the project
   This volunteer opportunity role is in support of TSoG 2021 Project Season but approved TM volunteers may contribute beyond project completion to support TSoG's mission in other ways.

Technical Mentor - General Description

Our volunteer model supports established student teams to work under the guidance of technical mentors in a variety of fields. We provide funding resources and administrative support so our volunteer team is enabled to have maximum impact on future scientists and engineers. We are looking for volunteers who:

  1. Have expertise in a specific STEM field
  2. Have interest or experience with project management methods (eg Agile, Lean, Scrum, Waterfall)
  3. Are available 2-4 hours per week by chat, to keep student projects on schedule
  4. Can manage team budgets (eg. Bill of Materials)
  5. Can submit requests for student supplies
  6. Can work with the project sponsors (a corporate partner who provides funds for the project), and board of director representatives
  7. Is familiar with leading virtual work sessions and has adequate AV equipment (headset/mic/camera) to hold scheduled virtual discussions and meetings with students

For more information please schedule a Zoom meeting with Lauren Foland - Senior Director

"Mission Possible" Project Description:

   Complicated jargon exists everywhere, especially in science. Jargon limits not only comprehension of discussed topics but also the audience to which information can be directed to. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of understanding the science behind current technological and scientific advancements. To better equip individuals with the ability to understand current events and the importance of scientific discoveries, Mission Possible strives to break down complicated scientific concepts so that people of all ages can understand them. We aim to empower, educate, and introduce a love for the sciences so that our audience can become more socially conscientious citizenry.
       Industry Partner
   This project is funded by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA’s mission is to conduct effective advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of important, new medicines for patients by biopharmaceutical research companies. This project is funded by a STEM Pipeline Grant and will be reviewed by Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson. These project contributions to this effort will have a lasting impact on students who will learn about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
       About TSoG
   The Shoulders of Giants, Inc. is a nonprofit organization registered under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) (public charity). As such, all donations made to the organization are tax-deductible. Additionally, The Shoulders of Giants is committed to transparency in all of our operations and maintains a Gold / Platinum Rating on Guidestar. Financial records, including forms 990 filed for all previous fiscal years, are publicly accessed through that profile.

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