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Volunteer Opportunity: Web Developer

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Published on: September 28, 2020

Volunteer Work Description:

  • Help with back and front end programming on our website - built on the Media Wiki framework. Languages to be familiar with are Python (especially Flask), JavaScript, and PHP
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases - (Donor Perfect, Salesforce etc.)
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs
  • Help to create and maintain software documentation
  • Advise on maintaining, expanding, and scaling our site
  • Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities
  • Cooperate with other web devs on a team

   The ideal volunteer has:

  • Experience in web programming
  • Familiarity with the following programming languages: PHP, Flask, Javascript, SQL
  • A solid understanding of how web applications work including security, session management, and best development practices
  • Adequate knowledge of relational database systems, Object Oriented Programming and web application development
  • Hands-on experience with network diagnostics, network analytics tools
  • Aggressive problem diagnosis and creative problem-solving skills
  • BS in computer science or a related field

   About Us

The Shoulders of Giants (TSoG) is an educational non-profit which has been revolutionizing STEM mentorship since 2013. Using his experience as an engineer and university-level educator, TSoG President Dr. Foland is leading the future of education by making everything available online, for free! Since 2018, TSoG has also been live-streaming lectures and projects on YouTube and Twitch for students around the world. TSoG has now grown into a collaborative international community, with a vast library of hands-on projects to create and cultivate any engineering portfolio.

Who's in the community? -- Students (13+), hobbyists, adult learners, educators, PhD professionals; anyone with a passion for learning!

Within a few years of completing our TSoG program, students can expect to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives, which are valuable even for non-STEM fields:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Technical Confidence
  • Career Satisfaction
  • Sense of Service

The TSoG Project Experience

​ Hands-on science and engineering experiences help students develop essential STEM skills and build confidence in themselves. TSoG mobilizes and coordinates a diverse volunteer base to provide hands-on project opportunities for students around the world. Students (ages 13-18) may join projects and work under the close guidance of a Technical Mentor - much like a student internship. ​

Commitment to Project Support and Management:​

  • Live-Streamed Instruction - Based on the needs of the teams, Dr. Foland leads special classes and lectures that build students' foundational knowledge and skills so that they can be put to direct use within their projects.​
  • Volunteer Management - The Shoulders of Giants organizes passionate technical volunteers from around the world to serve as mentors; all mentors are fully background checked and internally trained in project management and communication with students to provide a consistent experience for all teams. ​
  • Project Administration - Our team works hard to secure funding to support teams and drive outreach initiatives. Our transparent management of team budgets and materials procurement provides students with valuable exposure to real-world considerations.​
  • Open Science Infrastructure - Each project is documented on the TSoG Wiki with all intellectual property released under a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 4.0 License. As an open-access provider of highly technical science and engineering curricula, all TSoG content is open and may be freely experienced by students anywhere. ​

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

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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