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June 24, 2016


Volunteer Opportunity


July-August 2016

This summer we’re looking for Communication/Journalism students interested and available to participate in engineering, computer science and electronics workshops for beginners in July-August 2016 to refugee & newcomer youth and documenting the process and outcomes of these workshops on perception and learning.

We’ll provide the teaching tools including 2 sets of Little Bits, a Makey Makey board and Lego Mindstorms EV3. These tools can be used for dozens of creative applications and projects.

As a communication specialist, you will research the growth of the maker movement for kids, gather field notes and interview participants before and after “STEM” projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) are delivered by a team of volunteer high school students and postsecondary engineering students.

Our STEM team will introduce youth to circuits, arduino, alligator clips, software, code, IoT, and more through hands-activities and experiential learning to better support peer-to-peer learning and mutual growth. Workshops will be delivered to locations across the city, including summer camps and community groups. You’ll be part of a dialogue with youth on applications of software & hardware tools, and how these tools shape and impact our lives.

Or, if you want to customize your storytelling approach, we’d love to hear from you…

Some Pick-A-Maker Project Ideas include:

  • Connect circuits & learn how to fix a watch
  • Develop and market a social event on social media with graphic design tools
  • Build a 3D character
  • Build a game on
  • Write a story, share your story on camera (green screen)
  • Build an anonymous survey, collect & publish data
  • Convert your art to digital media design
  • Make an interactive cardboard Robot

Wondering if this is the right opportunity for you? If you love to work with youth, possess an interest in tech writing, and have access to transportation (workshops will be held at locations across Ottawa, schedule TBA) we’d love to hear from you.  Please contact Erica Bregman at for more information.


Networking4Youth – a program of Jewish Family Services of Ottawa


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