Bullis School seeks a BITlab Coordinator to supervise the Bullis Innovation & Technology Lab (BITlab), the new home for design, technology, engineering and fabrication in the school’s soon-to-open Discovery Center (July 2017). The BITlab is a state-of-the-art space designed to stimulate passions and curiosity while developing skills that co-mingle STEM with a variety of disciplines to tackle authentic problems.
The BITlab Coordinator is an innovative and experienced design thinker who will collaborate with Bullis K-12 instructional staff to create and deliver making opportunities for Lower, Middle and Upper School students. The coordinator will be charged with growing a budding maker program that establishes the BITlab as a community resource for learning in STEM, and a place which redesigns teaching and learning at Bullis.
The BITlab Coordinator’s primary responsibilities include:
Identify specific program objectives based on divisional needs and collaborate with K-12 teachers to increase STEM, design, innovation and maker opportunities among the student community.
Train, guide and supervise students as they learn to utilize BITlab resources during the regular school day and during extracurricular programs.
Create and continually upgrade curriculum for stand-alone maker courses, team-taught courses and after school extracurricular programs.
Develop and provide staff workshops and programs in the use of the BITlab
Plan and implement special programs, such as maker pop-ups and field trips, as well as summer programs to support school-wide making initiatives
Identify and share tools for innovation, design and making to solve authentic problems
Supervise and maintain the BITlab which includes scheduling, inventory, budgeting, room setup and equipment upkeep and updating (software and hardware)
Facilitate connections with other maker communities and external organizations that promote program participation and provide collaborative opportunities (such as Maker Faires, workshops, hackathons, etc.)
Minimum qualifications include:
An undergraduate degree in a STEM-related field
Experience in an educational makerspace environment
Classroom experience and strong classroom management skills and/or experience with public speaking
Highly qualified candidates will possess:
A graduate degree in a related content area or education
Maker Faire participation
Experience with some of the following Design/Making/Computer Skills:
Interest/abilities in physical computing (ex. Arduino, Raspberry Pi), open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and 2D and 3D design
Wood, plastic or metal cutting, shaping and fabrication, including the use of related tools (3D printer, laser cutter, CNC mill, vacuum former, injection mold, paint booth etc.) and familiarity with safety procedures for those tools
Knowledge of basic electronics
Bullis School is located on a scenic 102-acre campus in Potomac, MD and is easily accessible by route 270 from DC and Northern Virginia. Bullis offers a robust benefits package to any employee working 20 or more hours per week that includes health and dental insurance, 401k plan, free daily lunch to all employees, a computer program for staff, and much more. Bullis School is committed to staff diversity, equality, and continued professional growth.