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 University of California Santa Barbara Extension, and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of learners of all ages in a variety of settings: 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, work with volunteer floor staff, and generate innovative ideas for informal science learning. Upon completing requirements for the internship and coursework, MOXI apprentices receive a professional certificate in informal science education through the UC Santa Barbara Extension office.
The 2018 - 2019 MOXI Apprenticeship program is full and applications have been closed.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation opened in 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 to develop the practices of scientists and engineers such as formulating and asking questions, experimenting and observing, building and using models for understanding, finding associations and connections, and designing and testing solutions to problems.
MOXI is a creative, collaborative, and playful environment where staff members continuously innovate new ways to learn. We play with the latest technology, create learning tools, and collaborate with a diverse team and community members 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 Friday, September 7, 2018 and ends on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Apprentices are expected to attend 3 hours of class per week and commit to 20 internship hours per week on the museum floor (total program requirement of 800 hours, with opportunity to work up to an average of 29 hours per week). Coursework is aligned with the UC Santa Barbara quarter system:
Fall Quarter 2018 EDX320A – Introduction to Informal Learning
Winter Quarter 2019 EDX320B – Facilitation and Design of Informal Learning Experiences
Spring Quarter 2019 EDX320C – Evaluation of Informal Learning
Summer Quarter 2019 EDX320D – Capstone Course
MOXI learning facilitators, or “Sparks,” engage guests on the museum floor with over 70 hands-on exhibits; at program carts with physical science demonstrations; 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, after school classes, workshops, and special events.
Specifically, Sparks’ responsibilities include:
The MOXI Internship requires an average of 20 working hours per week throughout the apprentice program, with more hours anticipated during holiday breaks. 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 40 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 10 un-paid vacation days to be used during the program.
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 one-year paid internship at MOXI (800 hours for paid internship and successful completion of four quarters of coursework). 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.
2018-2019 apprentice cohort will consist of 10 apprentices. Best suited cohort members are interested in a career in informal or formal 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 requirements for the apprenticeship.
Kaia-Joye Moyer, Manager of Informal Learning at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
As staff manager of the apprentice program, Kaia-Joye has a passion for informal science education and engaging facilitation. She has developed, directed, and taught experiential environmental science programs for K-12th grade students, taught NGSS-aligned science modules in 3rd-5th grade classes, and trained more than 50 informal educators in facilitation, engagement, and communication techniques. Kaia-Joye formerly served as Assistant Program Director at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, teaching hands-on marine science programs to 4th-12th grade students. Before coming to MOXI, Kaia-Joye worked as the Development Coordinator for the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Kaia-Joye holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University and a master’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 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.
Applications have closed for the 2018 - 2019 MOXI Apprenticeship Program. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Kaia-Joye Moyer, Manager of Informal Learning at MOXI.