Duration: May 2021 to September 2021
Hours: 35+ hours per week Monday to Friday
Salary: $16.50 to $19.50 per hour, commensurate with experience
Since we will be applying for a grant to fund part of the salary, let us know if you have the following eligibility:
- Either a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or a protected person defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Must be a currently enrolled student in a post-secondary institution program
- The student must not be an international student with a work permit
Steamlabs is an education innovation non-profit established in 2010 to ensure people understand and think critically about science and technology, have equitable access to it, and can use it to solve their personal challenges, improve their communities and make the world a better place. Steamlabs mentors kids, teens, teachers and others at makerspaces across Toronto and around the world.
About the AI workshops
AI is changing and disrupting many aspects of global society. By educating vulnerable youth on AI technology, we prepare them to use AI as their assistant to solve their personal challenges and improve their world. By discussing social implications and problems with AI around data security, inequity and bias, we prepare them to advocate for an equitable world where AI is used to support and enhance us rather than oppress and replace us.
To achieve this end, Steamlabs has been developing a series of AI and Machine Learning workshops for teens in grade 7-12. Self-directed or facilitated, they are designed around examples useful and interesting to them. By the end of the workshops, students have a grounding in the 5 key areas of ML: data, learning, perception, representation & reasoning, and natural interaction. Societal Impacts are also discussed in all workshops.
The workshop activities are deployed in a variety of formats such as websites, colab notebooks and others.
Your job will be to develop coding, AI and machine learning programs, workshops and activities for use in schools, science centres, libraries, makerspaces and other settings. These will be hands-on, with the learners using real tools such as using actual machine learning models. They will collect, organize and classify data, choose and tune machine learning models, and fine tune the outputs.
You will work remotely from home.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Collaborate with Steamlabs staff to document and develop AI workshop activities
- Test educational experiences with youth
- Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. research, data collection, etc)
The Web Back End Developer team member will develop the back end of these workshop activities.
Qualifications and Skills
You are a creative and energetic person who likes working with others. You celebrate failures, are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process over the product. You’re organized, flexible, and interested in growing your own learning and teaching practice.
Web back End Developer specialist:
- Familiarity with a back-end framework such as Laravel, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Django or Flask
Our participants include people with diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be afforded to applicants from these communities, or with experience working with:
- Persons with disabilities
- Newcomers to Canada (including refugees)
- Indigenous peoples
- Members of a visible minority
- Members of the LGBTQ2 community
- Women and girls
Bonus Skills and Experience:
- Experience with more technology, making or artistic skills
- Knowledge of popular education, interest/project based learning, inquiry based learning, or other teaching philosophies.
- Familiar with design software such as Adobe Illustrator or 3D design programs
- Fluent French speaker. Some of our participants speak French as their first language.
Why work with us?
- We’re a small, agile team of friendly people with varied skills and experiences.
- We’re a relatively new organization, so there are still lots of ways to contribute to it’s shaping!
- There is plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and try new things.
- The Steamlabs Community (members, volunteers, program participants and otherwise) are awesome, and a pleasure and privilege to work with and for.
- We’re a workplace that embraces failure as the most potent form of learning!
How to apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and any relevant links via this form: https://forms.gle/ufhNZKwn9ipNAB6V9