Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Technology Camp Counselor to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
Our Technology Camps are five day deep dives into robotics or planetarium show creation for upper elementary and middle school campers. The Technology Camp Counselor keeps the children engaged from sign-in to sign-out and assists the Technology Camp Instructor in implementing the camp activities.
This individual will also be responsible for:
Helping campers with technology-based challenges including robotics and planetarium show creation and ensuring they stay on track to complete their goals
Keeping the camp day running smoothly by preparing materials for the instructor and campers
Assisting instructor in keeping the campers safe and engaged during indoor and outdoor activities
Working as a team with the instructor and volunteer(s)
Assisting in camp drop-off and pick-up by monitoring campers and playing games/engaging them in activities
Setting up and breaking down camp materials before and after the camp day
Training takes place on June 9 and June 16. Position schedule is Monday through Friday, June 18 – June 29, and July 9 – August 3.
The Technology Camp Counselor may not be a robotics or show production expert, but they feel comfortable diving into new technology, and are great at assisting others to work through a challenge without giving away the answer. They are always ready with an activity for break time, and are great at noticing the camper who needs a little extra support. They’re organized and ready for anything, and they love to work with a team.
Must be at least 16 years old and in high school or beyond with a strong aptitude for technology use and an interest in education and science/STEM
Experience working with elementary and/or middle school children and feel confident managing them in groups
Comfortable using a variety of technology including PC laptops and programming environments and be willing to learn to use new programs
Must work well in a team setting and take direction from others well
College student or recent graduate in an education, technology, science, or STEM field
Previous experience in a camp or similar informal education environment
Proficient in Scratch or similar programming environment, educational robotics programming, and/or movie making software
Moderate technology troubleshooting abilities
Full availability for schedule listed above
The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of unique summer day camp experiences for campers entering preschool through 10th grade. Young space and technology enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in real scientific exploration that will ignite their curiosity and creativity. The Adler Camp Team makes it happen. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.