Mentors Wanted: Big Idea Week 2015

Calling all local entrepreneurs, makers and tech leaders: Want to share your story and inspire New York City students to pursue STEM careers?

The DUMBO BID and Flocabulary are recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors for Big Idea Week 2015. The program will take place in schools throughout NYC on May 4- 8.

In this week-long curriculum, students work together to identify problems and design products that solve them. Mentors kick off the week on Monday morning by giving brief talks and then return on Friday to hear the students pitch their own ideas.

Big Idea Week mentors embody the entrepreneurial spirit and can tell the stories of bringing big ideas to life. Through their stories, they introduce students to real-world applications of technology, engineering and design, and serve as role models as they expose students to new career paths. Mentors volunteer only a few hours of their time, but can have a lasting impact on the students, the school and the community.

The total time commitment is 1 hour on Monday May 4th, where you’ll give a 10 minute talk to the students, and 90 minutes on Friday May 8th, where you’ll hear students give their product pitches. Optional classroom visits are encouraged Tuesday – Thursday as students work on their ideas and designs. Who we’re looking for: Anyone who has experience bringing ideas to life, especially:

  • Industrial Product Designers
  • Engineers (web, civil, mechanical, electrical)
  • Architects
  • People working at tech, media or design companies in technical roles
If you’re interested in being a Big Idea Week mentor, please complete this form. You’ll be assigned to a school sometime in March.
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