Job: Charismatic Physics Educator for National Tour
National Travel, Based in Philadelphia, PA
We want YOU for Science/Engineering Education Outreach.
Travel the country presenting exciting school assemblies where audiences truly LEARN.
Wondergy is seeking charismatic scientists who want to travel the country presenting school assemblies. You’ll present an unscripted interactive show, engaging with students’ questions and ideas, and making it fun, educational, and exciting. You will visit over 80k students in over 30 states, and make a huge impact on the world. This is a full time job on the road, requiring a lot of driving. We provide all of the equipment for travel and science demonstrations, plus training and general support.
Based in west Philadelphia since 2003, Wondergy uses science to educate, change attitudes, and affect behavior. The Wondergy team brings knowledge, experience, and personal excitement about science to create exciting, inviting interactions that empower people to learn about the phenomena that matter to them. Through promoting learning, we build a stronger workforce, smarter consumers, and more informed stewardship of our world.
- Present 7-11 45-minute assembly programs each week for 100-500 students per show
- Guide inquiry-driven science exploration; encourage questioning and discovery
- Share your excitement about science and engineering with diverse communities
- Pack, setup, re-pack science demo and sound equipment
- Communicate with schools to coordinate arrival and setup
- Drive from school to school – this tour will involve very substantial solo or duo driving around the country
- National Tour begins mid-September and ends May or June
- Occasional training and occasional shows starting in the spring – scheduled by your availability and ours
- Full time travelling tour, Robotics and Energy spend Fall in the eastern US, Spring in the west, with substantial time on the west coast
- Breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s, and a few long weekends
- Some flexibility in tour schedule and breaks are possible, with notice
- Email lesson plans and science information, in advance, to each school you visit
- No sales duties. You’ll be sent a schedule each week.
- Possible local and/or international travel when not on tour
Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate
- Science or Engineering background strongly preferred, degree not required
- Some computer programming experience preferred, especially for the robotics tour
- Comfortable with electronics, computers, and technology
- Charismatic and passionate, with strong communication skills.
- Creative and able to improvise; should welcome audience questions, ideas, and jokes!
- Comfortable in front of large audiences – performance, teaching, or public speaking experience preferred
- Able to articulate complex concepts in a simple yet accurate manner
- Comfortable with physical science concepts relating to electricity, circuits, & magnetism
- Clean, valid drivers’ license and background check
- Able to lift and carry over 50lbs
For academic year 2017-18, Wondergy will be sending three interactive shows on tour across the country. These will be our 12th-14th national tours, and our 6th year of touring.
- Robotics (solo, one position open)
- Explore what makes a robot a robot (our answer: sensing and self-correction.) How do robots sense? How do they move? Take audiences on an interactive journey from simple funny robots to complex (and super cute) humanoid robots. Explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts that bring robotics to life!
- Extreme Energy (two presenters, two positions open, couples welcome)
- Light up thousands of students with an exciting science show! From potential energy to (controlled) explosions, from thermal cameras to people-power, explore where energy comes from, and where it ends up! How do we generate the energy we use everyday, and how do the choices we make affect our environment?
Think you’d be awesome at this? Please send a resume and short video explaining
- why you’d be awesome at this job, and
- your favorite natural/scientific phenomenon and why it interests you. You don’t have to be able to explain it – yet!
Please keep your video to approximately 5 minutes or less – thank you!
INTERVIEW INFO: If you are selected for an interview, you will present a short demonstration in person or via videoconferencing. Depending on scheduling, a current Wondergy presenter may join me to observe the demo.
SALARY INFO: Presenters are paid weekly while on the road. Last year’s rates were $1250 per week with an increase (still to be determined) for the upcoming tour. Part of the weekly pay is considered a stipend; while presenters are responsible for the costs of food and accommodations while traveling, any left over stipend funds are kept by the presenter and no receipts or reimbursements are required. Gas and supplies are covered by the company and are not the responsibility of the presenter.
Submit your resume and video or questions to:
Peter DeCarolis, Wondergy recruiter
This is an ideal job for the right person; you would have to enjoy spending a significant amount of time on the road and performing. $1250 per week is a great amount of money, although you will be responsible for travel costs. If you are someone who has a lot of friends/potential places to stay around the country to lower your expenses, this could be fantastic. When the traveling gig gets to be much, the experience will likely be attractive to a variety of institutions that have interactive presentations/theater experiences. If traveling the United States getting kids excited about science sounds like fun to you, we recommend applying for this position.