Tinkering Studio Activity Volunteer
Tinkering Studio Activity Volunteers help create an environment where visitors can engage in extended building, experimenting and an ever-changing array of fun activities designed to spark curiosity and foster creative activity. Tinkering Studio Activity Volunteers assist in facilitating playful and inventive activities using science, art and technology.
- Assist in creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests
- Facilitate open-ended educational activities
- Convey appropriate presentation styles that engage audiences and encourage further exploration
- Assist in organizing and maintaining Tinkering Studio materials and equipment
- Stay knowledgeable of current exhibitions, theater shows and events
- Be knowledgeable of safety and emergency procedures
- Energetic, outgoing and friendly, with a background and interest in science and/or education
- Desire to interact with children and adult visitors from diverse backgrounds, being courteous, professional, patient and respectful at all times
- Previous experience teaching or working with children is preferred
- Able to stay in one area for long periods of time
- Present a professional appearance
- Excellent communication skills and can act with diplomacy and tact
- Comfortable interacting with people you don’t know, or interest in gaining this skill
Volunteers are asked for a minimum service commitment of six months, with 12 or more hours per month. Additionally, volunteers must attend all training sessions. Note: volunteers must have availability for Tinkering Studio shifts between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
All volunteers participate in the “New Volunteer Orientation.” Tinkering Studio Activity Volunteers also attend a training session, which covers topics such as Tinkering Studio activities, presentation techniques, facilitation and more.
Tinkering Volunteer Impact
Tinkering Studio Activity Volunteers play an integral part in the science center’s operations by helping with the care of the Tinkering Studio and by ensuring that guests have excellent and enjoyable experiences at the Fleet. They also support the Fleet’s mission as catalysts for each guest’s own discovery process and understanding of science and technology.