Digital Making Workshop Facilitators
Location: Surrey or Bournemouth
Salary: £100 per day
Basis: Fixed-term contract, approx. ten weeks; beginning July – beginning September, with training in June; part-time, two days a week for consecutive weeks
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in the UK
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.
Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new skills.
In October 2015 we merged with Code Club, followed in May 2017 by a second merger with the CoderDojo Foundation. Together we now represent one of the largest sustained global efforts to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth programme for 15- to 17-year-olds, designed to help them build confidence and abilities. It runs in three phases, the second of which focuses on building participants’ skills. Following a successful pilot to include digital making in Phase Two of the NCS programme, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is partnering with the National Citizen Service Trust to offer digital making to more participants this summer.
We are looking for facilitators to deliver instruction and support to participants during these digital making workshops, helping them to learn basic coding skills and build digital projects. You will deliver the two-day digital making activities for participants at one of our two locations in Surrey or Bournemouth in tandem with another facilitator. We will provide training on the activities that you will be running, as well as on NCS programme specifics. In addition to teaching some Python basics to the participants, you will support them in building digital projects that meet the need of a community group they have met on the NCS programme.
You will need to be comfortable speaking in front of a group of up to 100 young people, though primarily you will work with smaller groups. In addition, you should have intermediate knowledge of Python, since you will need to debug beginners’ code and navigate StackExchange with a degree of confidence.
The NCS workshop programme will run in two-day sessions throughout summer, usually with one session per week from early July to early September.. Therefore, we are looking for facilitators to work with us for as much of the summer as possible. You will also need to attend a two-day training session in May/June (this will be scheduled around your availability). If you are interested but unable to be present for all the workshop sessions, do still apply, as we may be able to fit you into the schedule.
- Deliver workshops on digital making to groups of 15- to 17-year-olds participating in the National Citizen Service programme
- Support programme participants in identifying the needs of the community group they have met, and in designing and delivering simple digital solutions to meet those needs
- Motivate and encourage participants regarding the digital making aspect of their NCS experience
- Assist the NCS staff to ensure smooth running of the NCS programme
Experience and personal attributes
- Have intermediate knowledge of Python, enough to debug simple scripts and to search the web for programming solutions and apply them
- Be comfortable and confident presenting to a group of between 30 and 100 people
- Have experience of working with young people
You’ll ideally have:
- Knowledge of the technology and/or education sectors
- Familiarity with a variety of coding languages
- Experience of teaching or facilitating
Timetable for applications
Closing date: 17.00 BST, 27th April, 2018
Face-to-face interviews: w/c 7th May, 2018