SC 2016: Junior Instructor Challenge

Hello All,

The Junior Instructor Challenge is a great opportunity for all who have a passion for teaching and want to test their teaching skills or for those who have an interesting hobby and would like to share it with others. If you believe this challenge is for you, do not think another second.

The challenge is open to all campers between ages 12 and 16.

The competition is running into its fourth year. It started when the would-be junior instructors  were asked to design and teach a lesson to a small group of kids between the ages of 7 and 9. Their students were children of the SigmaCamp staff members who were too young to participate in everyday activities at the camp. All competitors were faced with a difficult task of delivering a challenging topic to a group of small children. The topics ranged from human anatomy to computer science to chess. 

The competition proved to be a great success and was very popular among campers as well as their young students.

Later the challenge was expanded by introducing a new competition -- the Workshop Challenge. A workshop is an educational program designed to teach its participants practical skills and techniques or introduce ideas that could be implemented in everyday life.

Unlike lectures and seminars, workshops are informal, there is a great deal of discussions, and every participant has a chance to practice skills and techniques that are under discussion. And unlike lectures and semilabs, workshops can be given by campers! Take a look at last year workshop’s list - those marked are the workshops given by campers as part of Junior Instructor Challenge.

We encourage you to sign up for the Junior Instructor Challenge for three reasons:

  1. If you would like to become a SigmaCamp Junior Counselor in a couple of years, participation in this challenge will give you a major advantage.
  2. If you are looking for a volunteering job this summer, this challenge must be at the top of your list.
  3. Last but not least, it is great FUN.

If you decide to participate in the competition, send us a proposal with the following:

  • Specify if you sign up for the Workshop Challenge or the Lesson Challenge. If you intend to participate in both, send separate proposals.
  • The title of your lesson or workshop.
  • A brief description with answers to the following questions:
    1. What is the goal of your workshop or lesson?
    2. How are you going to achieve your goal? Remember, you have only one hour to deliver the topic. Prioritize.
    3. Are you going to team up with a fellow camper to deliver the lesson or workshop?
  • A List of materials and equipment needed. There is no Internet on SigmaCamp grounds. Plan your activities accordingly.

 The deadline for submitting the proposal is July 1st. Send your submissions to Decisions will be published on the SigmaCamp website by July 15th.

 Contact Tatiana Tcherevik at the email above if you have any questions or suggestions.

 Good Luck!