SUMMER 2022 CO-OP: STEM Activity Developer

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: January 31, 2022


Job Category: Summer Staff
Job Title: STEM Activity Developer
Location: Halifax Travel Required: No
Salary: $17/hr, plus vacation pay Position Type: Term, Full-time (35 hrs/wk)
Job Duration: MAY 23, 2022 – AUG. 26, 2022 On campus? Yes
Will Train Applicant(s): Yes Posting Expires: Open until filled
External Posting URL: n/a
Submit Application Via:
University online co-op job portal.
Job Description

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy is a university-community initiative that seeks to improve the academic performance of African Canadians in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects and the representation of African Canadians in STEM professions by providing opportunities for young learners to engage in activities that strengthen their science and math aptitude.

Essential Position Functions

Grades 6 to 12 teaching modules, Science Magic Show, and 3D-printing activities (14 wks)

In order to maintain the quality, consistency, and reach of ILA’s science activities a student will be hired to research and develop new instruction modules and experiment demonstrations.  The activities to be developed will focus primarily on those required for the ILA After-School Program (gr. 6-9).  Depending upon the co-op students field of study, activities developed may also center on a theme relevant to specific ILA projects, for example: Math activities, 3D-printing activities, science activities for the Young, Gifted & Black Future Physicists Summer Camp (gr. 7 to 12).

This will involve consultation with ILA’s Assisting Professors, researching the provincial Gr. 6 to 12 school curricula in sciences and mathematics, selecting and testing appropriate experiments and math exercises for this age group. Finally, the co-op student will create “experiment bins” with materials and devices required to conduct selected science experiments.

Principal Accountabilities (may include)

▪  Read and research provincial secondary school Mathematics and Science curricula.

▪  Research and develop engineering, science, math or custom 3D-printing activities appropriate to the grade level.

▪  Prepare ‘materials’ bins with required materials for experiments and activities developed.

▪  Research the contributions of scientists/inventors of African heritage.

▪  Review of existing activity plans and update for accuracy, relevancy, and completeness.

Supervision and Mentoring Plans

▪  Student will be provided with a list of duties to be completed by the end of the work term. The Program Manager will meet with the student on a weekly basis to gauge progress and to clarify/resolve issues.

Core Competencies

▪  STEM research background

▪  STEM activity development experience

▪  Strong instructional writing and oral communication

▪  Teamwork

Learning Outcomes

• Student will learn to apply his/her STEM education to the development of teaching modules.


▪  Must be a student registered in a Co-op program.

▪  Aptitude in at least one STEM subject/field of study: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Computer Science, etc.

▪  Strong research skills.

▪  Experience conducting experiments and/or assembling technological devices.

▪  Ability to relay complicated STEM information in simple terms suited to the Gr. 6-12 level.

▪  Self-motivated, independent, able to set objectives and meet deadlines.

▪  Knowledge of ‘African’ STEM inventors/innovators will be considered an asset.

▪  Experience with quality control processes will be considered an asset. ▪ Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience and interest in issues affecting the education of learners of African heritage. Condition(s)

Offer of employment is contingent upon the successful candidate passing appropriate background checks.

Candidates must provide a recent Criminal (Vulnerable Sector) Background Check and Child Abuse Register Check.

Period of employment

This is an expected Mon-Fri position with a one-hour (unpaid) lunch break. The selected worker must be able to accommodate flexible working hours as there may be work requirements outside regular business hours.

The work schedule will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate this requirement as no overtime is available for this position.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Code/ Req#: ESADEV2022 Updated: 2022-01-13