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Community Service Bulletin

April 16, 2014


The 2014 IDEAS Global Challenge Community Choice Vote is open!

Visit the IDEAS Global Challenge site to read about this year's 39 teams and vote for the 3 teams you'd like to see receive a $1,500 award to help launch their work. The Community Choice Vote is only open until April 18 @ 6:00 p.m. EDT. Spread the word and be a part of this year's competition!

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is a competition that encourages MIT students and their collaborators to develop innovative solutions to community problems. Organized by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, IDEAS is about fostering innovation as community service. Learn more here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/

One-Time Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

April 17: Amphibious Achievement Erg-A-Thon

Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kresge Oval

Amphibious Achievement is holding their annual Erg-A-Thon April 17th!! We are a service group dedicated to athletic and academic mentorship of inner-city Boston youth. Our goal is to "promote success in and out of the water" through athletic instruction in swimming or crew, as well as tutoring in college preparatory material.

Come out and support Amphibious Achievement!! The Erg-A-Thon is a unique fundraiser that challenges volunteers to see how long they can endure the infamous ergometer (rowing machine) for charity!

Sign up a team of friends and hop on an ergometer together! Row your hearts out on Kresge Patio anytime from 11am to 6pm.

Get the most donations possible for your team from friends, fellow students, and family members.

The top 10 teams to raise the most donations before the event will be displayed on the big screen! AND Prizes will be awarded for each of the following: the best team spirit, the most time spent on the erg, and greatest number of pledges. Team Spirit Costumes are encouraged!

Check us out at our website to learn more, or email aa-exec@mit.edu.

April 22: CityDay: Patriots’ Day

CityDays are community service days during which the MIT community is encouraged to spend some time helping a local organization. On Tuesday, April 22 (a student holiday), the MIT community will be volunteering at five local organizations that serve various community needs. Get a group from your residence hall, living group, athletic team, or student group to join a volunteer team, or sign up by yourself! All transportation costs and food will be provided.

Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/cityday2014

Questions? Contact citydays-staff@mit.edu.

April 23: Help the public explore Across MIT (sign up by April 21)

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival engages family and adult audiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in their lives and world. Across MIT is an opportunity to see some of the many different facets of MIT research and work.

We need volunteers who are familiar with the MIT Campus and can direct interested audiences to the various Across MIT activities around the campus.

Want to volunteer at other times during the festival? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/csfvolunteer

Please contact Sung Kim at sungmi@mit.edu or 617-324-4379 with your interest!

May 3: Care for and play with visually impaired children (sign up by April 18)

Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Perkin's School for the Blind, Watertown

The 31st annual New England Regional Seminar for Families of Children with Visual Impairments conference needs help caring for 3-4-year old children who have visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities (and their siblings), so parents are free to learn about resources, network, and receive support.

Training, supervision, activities, and lunch will be provided. Professional childcare provide assistance as needed.

If you are sure you can commit to the entire volunteer period sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd050314

More info: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=721

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

May 4: Volunteer with Cradles to Crayons! (sign up by April 30)

Graduate Student Outreach (GSO)
Sunday, May 4, 1-3p,. Brighton, MA (Transportation Provided)
Sign up by noon on Wednesday, April 30 (spots limited)

Volunteer alongside other members of the grad community at Cradles to Crayons! C2C is a charitable organization that supports homeless and low-income children in the metro Boston area. Volunteers will work collaboratively to sort donations and prepare care packages for children in need.


Contact: Elizabeth, ehkelley@mit.edu

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

NASA Space Grant Fellow @ MIT Museum

May 1, 2014- August 15, 2014; MIT Museum

The MIT Museum Education & Public Programs team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, is seeking an experienced individual to develop an EV3 robotics workshop for middle and high school students. This interactive educational experience will be designed for an informal learning environment in the MIT Museum and will integrate elements of current NASA-sponsored research at MIT in addition to objects from the Museum’s Collections. Pre-and post- robotics workshop activities will also be designed for use by educators in their classrooms. In addition to content development, the Space Grant Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop during a three-day robotics program for Massachusetts-certified teachers (to be held summer 2014).

Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms (NXT and/or EV3 models). Individuals who have participated in FIRST Robotics Competitions are strongly preferred. Must be open to group collaboration and able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. Should be able to make connections to MIT research, Massachusetts Science & Technology/Engineering Frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. This is a temporary, part- time position (20 hours/week, Monday-Friday) beginning immediately and ending in mid- to late August. Compensation of $15-$18/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to edsearch@mit.edu


Afternoon Middle School Math Teacher

Hernandez K-8 School - Boston Public Schools. Located at 61 School St, Roxbury, MA 02119.

The Hernandez is a bilingual school, although Spanish is not a requirement. 6 weeks starting as soon as possible. 2-3 times a week.

With the Massachusetts State Math exam around the corner, Boston Public Schools is implementing a targeted initiative for the most struggling students at 5 schools in the district, including the Hernandez K-8 school. In this position, you will run an afternoon program with high-need middle school math students at the Hernandez School. The responsibilities include working with and teaching grade 6-8 students using the Carnegie Learning software (developed at Carnegie Mellon University) geared to improve student achievement in pre-algebra. In addition to working students through the modules, they will be looking at data to make instructional decisions.

Contact: Christine Hall, chall3@bostonpublicschools.org

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