The I-Lab was built on the realization that solving problems will never go out of style. In the I-Lab, students learn to embrace Design Thinking as a nonlinear process that provides mindsets and techniques to help solve open-ended problems. Through working with real problems and users, students develop their empathetic and questioning mindsets and learn how to brainstorm, prototype and iterate solutions.
Students in the I-Lab also learn to flex their creative muscles through the process of design, prototyping, and making. The Middle School Innovation Lab (I-Lab) is a world renowned Design Thinking program housed within a state-of-the-art fabrication facility and located on Nueva’s beautiful Hillsborough campus. The facilities include a woodshop, digital fabrication infrastructure, and a textiles area. Student projects in the I-Lab vary and include everything from robotics, programming, and prototyping to simple carpentry, soldering, and vinyl cutting.
As a Middle School Design Engineer Teacher at Nueva you will work with other I-Lab faculty to design curriculum that helps students develop their creative confidence and make meaningful change in the world. I-Lab curriculum is experiential in nature and often leverages student interests to create authentic learning experiences that include significant Design Thinking, engineering, and/or computer science project work.
Build really cool things with really cool students and really cool colleagues.
Collaborate with colleagues to develop engaging design thinking and design engineering curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and real-world problem solving
Teach their courses in a differentiated and student-centered classroom
Convey enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry and model lifelong learning
Collaborate effectively with students, parents, teachers and administrators
Support the social and emotional well-being of all students
Participate actively in other aspects of the student experience and school functioning: chaperoning trips and events, serving on committees, and developing new programs at the school
Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission: “Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the student’s imaginative mind.”
The Ideal Candidate
Enjoys producing creative work in the fields of art, engineering, computer science, design, fabrication, or other related disciplines.
Has B.S. or higher in design or engineering or a comparable degree or has equivalent experience and expertise.
Has multiple years experience working with children in a teaching, coaching, or mentoring capacity (not required, but a plus)
Can guide a student from their initial idea to completion, while leaving locus of control in the student’s hands
Can demonstrate expertise and confidence with multiple, but not necessarily all, of the following design and fabrication processes and tools:
Simple programming (i.e. Arduino, Scratch)
Electronics (simple DC circuits, breadboarding, Arduino sensors and motors, etc.)
Woodshop: bandsaw, scroll saw, drill press, panel saw, CNC router, stationary disc/belt sander, miter saw, spindle sander, misc. portable power tools and hand tools.
Digital Fabrication: laser cutter, 3D printers, etc.
Textiles: sewing machine
Learns new technologies as they emerge, and is excited to make recommendations for new purchases to keep the I-Lab cutting edge.
Has the interest and ability to serve as an advisor to students, lead student activities, serve as a club advisor, and to contribute beyond the classroom to support school programs and activities
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé and contact information for at least three professional references, and send a portfolio of work to firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves over 800 students PK–12 and expects to grow to over 950 students in the next few years. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties in the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New ...York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”
For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.