MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is seeking creative people for a yearlong apprenticeship in informal science education. This program includes hands-on experience through a paid internship as a member of MOXI’s floor staff team, four quarters of instruction in informal science education through UC Santa Barbara, and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of learners of all ages in a variety of settings on the museum floor, Interactive Media Theater, Exploration Lab, Innovation Workshop makerspace, and offsite at local schools, youth organizations, and public events. Apprentices also learn to develop facilitation strategies and NGSS-aligned curriculum, conduct program evaluations, train volunteer floor staff, and generate creative, innovative ideas for informal science learning.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation opened in early 2017 with a mission “to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.” Through playful interaction with our enthusiastic staff and open-ended, hands-on exhibits, MOXI guests explore, think, and design creatively, forming their own questions and discovering their own answers. Our staff guides MOXI guests in developing process skills such as formulating and asking questions, experimenting and observing, building and using models for understanding, finding associations and connections, designing and testing…skills necessary for exploration, learning, and innovation.
MOXI is a creative, collaborative, inquisitive, fun environment in which staff members continuously learn, and innovate new ways to learn. We play with the latest technology, create learning tools, and collaborate with diverse members of an extremely talented community for powerful ideation. We strive to get people thinking, learning, exploring, discovering, making, solving, designing, experimenting, observing, and innovating. We embrace failure and celebrate success. We believe that diversity of culture, gender, and thinking is critical to creativity and innovation.
The MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education is a one-year intensive training program which begins on Monday, September 18, 2017 and ends on Friday, August 31, 2018. Course work is aligned with the UC Santa Barbara quarter system:
Fall Quarter 2017 EDX320A Facilitation of Informal Learning Experiences
Winter Quarter 2018 EDX320B Connecting Informal Learning Experiences to Formal Education
Spring Quarter 2018 EDX320C Design of Informal Learning Opportunities
Summer Quarter 2018 EDX320D Evaluation of Informal Learning
Fall 2017- Summer 2018 EDX320E MOXI Internship
The MOXI Internship requires 25-29 hours per week throughout the apprentice program. This regular, part-time position requires the ability to work weekends, holidays, and some early mornings and evenings; be highly energetic and timely; bend, squat, and lift up to 20 lbs; stand for extended periods of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Internship hours are paid 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 8 un-paid vacation days to be used during 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.
The MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education provides a scholarship of $500, which covers the cost of coursework and certification through UC Santa Barbara Extension. A requirement for the scholarship is completion of the entire one-year paid internship at MOXI. 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.
2017-2018 apprentice cohort will consist of 6-8 apprentices. Cohort members are interested in a career in informal science education, planning on teaching K-12 and looking for 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 Moyer, Manager of Informal Learning Programs at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Kaia Joye has a passion for informal science education and communication. Kaia Joye has served as Assistant Program Director, Marine Science Instructor, and SCUBA Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, teaching marine science and SCUBA diving to children in grades 4-12. She has developed, directed, and taught experiential environmental science summer programs for K-3rd grade children, taught NGSS-aligned science modules in 3rd-5th grade classes, and acted as a guide and naturalist for children ages 5-13 in an ecosystem exploration kayaking program. She has researched the effects of global climate change on coral reefs, developed and implemented a recycling program for Delta Airlines, and conducted environmental awareness education outreach and training in both the US and overseas. Before coming to MOXI, Kaia Joye served as the Development Coordinator for the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, coordinating and designing development, marketing, and promotions materials, and creating and managing content for online platforms. 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.
Danielle Harlow, Associate Professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at University of California, Santa Barbara
Danielle is also an exhibits and content adviser 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 Moyer, Manager of Informal Learning Programs at MOXI.