MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is seeking creative, inquiry-driven learners for a 12 to 15-month apprenticeship in informal science education. This certificate program is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn about learning in informal STEM settings and develop their capacity to become leaders in informal STEM education. The program includes hands-on experience through a paid internship as a member of MOXI’s floor staff team (1,000 hours), as well as four quarters of instruction in informal science education through UC Santa Barbara Extension.
Both the classes and the internship focus on designing and implementing learning experiences that engage museum visitors in STEM practices. To accomplish this, apprentices learn about facilitating experiences in a variety of settings including the exhibit tracks, Interactive Media Theater, and Innovation Workshop makerspace, as well as during programs including field trip programs, Exploration Station program carts, and outreach events. Apprentices learn about designing learning experiences, setting up the physical space, and conducting research and evaluation that inform design and implementation of practice-based learning experiences for informal STEM education.
15 MONTH PROGRAM: June 2019 – September 2020
12 MONTH PROGRAM: August 2019 – September 2020
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MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation® is dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s redeveloped tourist area at 125 State Street, the museum is LEED-certified Gold and serves guests of all ages through its hands-on exhibits and education programs. MOXI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization generously supported by its daily guests, members, facility rentals and donations from individuals, foundations and corporate partners.
MOXI is a collaborative, creative, and fun place to work. Our team is guided by a set of core values that help create a culture where work and play need not be mutually exclusive. We are playful. We are collaborative. We are experimenters – we take risks and we embrace failure. We believe diversity is critical to creativity. We are MOXI.
The MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education is a 12-15 month intensive training program running for the 2019/2020 school year. Apprentices are expected to attend 3 hours of class per week and commit to an average of 20 internship hours per week (200-250 total hours per quarter) on the museum floor. Course work is aligned with the UC Santa Barbara quarter system:
MOXI learning facilitators, or “Sparks,” engage guests on the museum floor with over 70 hands-on exhibits; at program carts with STEM activities and phenomena; in our Innovation Workshop makerspace; and in our Exploration Lab with formal education field trip programs. MOXI Sparks may also assist in curriculum and workshop prototyping, Spring Break and Summer Camp facilitation, and working special events. Apprentices are required to complete 1,000 hours on the museum floor during the program, and a minimum of 200 - 250 hours per quarter.
Sparks may be responsible for:
The MOXI internship requires an average of 20 hours per week throughout the apprentice program, with more hours anticipated during holiday breaks. Internship compensation begins at $13 per hour. Health insurance and other employment benefits are not included in the internship. Each intern will be given 3 paid sick days and 10 un-paid vacation days to be used throughout the program. MOXI interns put in practice what they learn in their coursework as they interact, through a variety of educational programs, with a diverse museum audience ranging in age from toddlers to seniors and K-12 school children and teachers.
This regular, part-time position requires the ability to:
The MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education provides a $500 scholarship, which covers the cost of coursework and certification through UC Santa Barbara Extension. A requirement for the scholarship is completion of the entire paid internship at MOXI, or equivalent of 1,000 hours. If an apprentice fails to complete the entire internship, the full amount of the scholarship must be re-paid to MOXI. Other costs that are not covered by the apprentice program include health insurance, housing, food, or other expenses.
The 2019-2020 apprentice cohort will consist of 10-12 apprentices. Best suited cohort members are interested in a career in informal or formal science education, planning on teaching K-12 or looking to develop a strong science education foundation, trying to decide between a career in science or education, or wanting to solidify their conceptual understanding of physical science and improve their problem-solving skills.
The Apprentice program does not include housing. There are apartments and rooms for rent in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. UC Santa Barbara does not provide housing for MOXI apprentices, but their Community Housing Office provides information and resources for rentals. Craigslist and local property management companies provide additional resources.
A certificate in Informal Science Education will be issued by the UC Santa Barbara Extension office upon completion of the program.
Kaia-Joye Wesolowski, Learning Programs Manager at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Kaia Joye is the Learning Programs Manager at MOXI, as well as the staff advisor to the MOXI Apprentice Program. She has trained more than 60 informal educators in in open-ended, inquiry-based learning, both in and out of the classroom, and developed, directed, and implemented experiential science programs for K-12th grade students, as well as adults. Kaia Joye currently teaches as a co-instructor with UCSB Extension for the MOXI Apprentice Program in Informal STEM Learning. Before working at MOXI, Kaia Joye served as the Assistant Program Director at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, teaching and overseeing hands-on marine science and scuba programs to 4th-12th grade students. Kaia Joye holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She most recently completed a certificate in Informal Learning from Oregon State University.
Danielle Harlow, Associate Professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at University of California, Santa Barbara
Danielle is an Associate Professor of science education at UC Santa Barbara and an Exhibits and Content Advisor to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Her work focuses on science and engineering education for K-12 teachers and for elementary school students. At UCSB, Danielle teaches courses for Ph.D. students, pre-service teachers, and undergraduates. Her courses include technology and learning, physics and everyday thinking, methods for teaching elementary school science, and the MOXI apprenticeship course series in informal science education. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSB, Danielle received her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her M.S., in Geophysics from Stanford University and a B.S. in physics from Valparaiso University. She also spent two years teaching Physics in Tanzania, East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer
Ron Skinner, Director of Education at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Ron has been involved with science education and research for the past 25 years. He has taught physics, astronomy, general science, and organic agriculture in both informal and formal settings to audiences from kindergarteners to graduate students in the schools of the Lucia Mar School District and at Cornell University and University of California, Irvine. He is an adjunct instructor in the Departments of Physics and Earth & Planetary Sciences at Santa Barbara City College. Prior to working at MOXI he managed community education programs at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. His research experience includes marine science fieldwork along the Northern California coast; theoretical plasma physics research at the University of California, Irvine; nanotechnology research at Sandia National Laboratory; and sustainable agriculture research on his organic farm. Ron holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Physics from the University of California, Irvine.
If you are interested in applying for the MOXI Apprenticeship Program, download the application below. If you have any questions, please contact Kaia Joye Wesolowski, Learning Programs Manager at MOXI.