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To apply as a mentor, visit the Carnegie Science Center volunteer page. The Mentors in the Making program will run from November 2019 – April 2020. Deadline for mentor applications is October 15, 2019.
The Mentors in the Making program is a 1:1 mentoring program at Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center for youth ages 14-18 from low-income families in the Pittsburgh area. While enrolled in Mentors in the Making, students visit the Fab Lab weekly to work on complex projects with a mentor from a STEM profession. Projects involve prototype design, problem-solving, and the experimentation process. Students build a relationship with their mentor and learn soft skills and technological literacy that can be applied to a variety of STEM fields.
During the Mentors in the Making program, students are matched with an adult STEM professional, and the pairs co-learn digital fabrication technologies, software, and design skills led by Fab Lab Education Facilitators. The pairs meet weekly in the Fab Lab and work through digital fabrication projects, including 3D printing, laser cutting, and electronics. Students are provided with all necessary materials, transportation costs, and a meal for each session. After completing four projects and earning their certifications on the CNC machines, the mentoring pairs begin collaboration on a capstone project. For the second year of the program, a Human-Centered Design element was added to the capstone project, where students focus on designing and creating something that will have an impact in their community. At the end of the program, the youth receive a laptop computer to enable future design work.