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Volunteer Opportunity: Technical Mentor - Mechanical Engineer

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Published on: January 21, 2021

Technical Mentor - Mechanical Engineering Focus TSoG is seeking a mechanical engineer to join our Technical Mentor (TM) Team. This volunteer, specifically, will team up with Grace Zhang - an electrical engineer TM - to guide teams of high school students to design an affordable, electric motor model that students (late elementary-middle school-aged) can assemble by hand in a classroom setting or during outreach initiatives. The TM project volunteer phases are:

  • February - April - weekly 20-minute tag-up meetings and TM group meetings (1/hour)
  • May - Team Formation / Conceptual Design Stage - TM's provide pre-recorded lecture sessions to release on a YouTube schedule for registered student teams to access
  • June - Preliminary Design Stage - Budgetary resources open to approved student team designs to begin a prototyping process
  • July - 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

"Mini Motor" Project Description:

   If you have ever made a mini motor in physics class from a magnet, a battery, and a few wires, you'll know that it's not easy to get it working and there can be many points of failure. The mini motor has served for many years as a staple demonstration to help students understand electromagnetics.
   Project Objectives:
  1. Create an affordable, model of a motor that students (elementary-aged) can assemble by hand in a classroom teaching setting and during outreach initiatives.
  2. Teach registered teams about concepts in electrical engineering and physics.
  3. Learn about 3D modeling and product development.
  4. Learn about project management methodologies (Agile, Lean, Scrum, and Waterfall) and utilize TSoG’s project Gantt chart system.
  5. Contribute valuable teaching models that will introduce students (as early as elementary school) to electrical engineering and basic physics.
       Industry Partner
   This project is funded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. This project will be reviewed by IEEE leadership with the purpose of utilizing these designs within their own community outreach framework in Dallas, TX. Volunteer and student team contributions to this effort will have a lasting impact on students who are newly introduced to engineering fields.
       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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