Sci.CORPS is a program that takes students from the EVOLUTIONS program and lets them work as volunteers, interpreters, and fellows within the museum. Through peer mentoring and training, high school students become the primary interpreters of exhibits and leaders of events during the busiest time of the week for the museum.
If you look closely at our employees’ nametags, you will see that there are badges attached to them. These badges stand for their areas of expertise. Once our employees have shown their understanding of a specific cart, or their development of visitor service skills, they are awarded badges. Before our employees can be promoted to a new position, they must take assessments and quizzes that demonstrate their mastery of carts and museum knowledge. Our employees are also evaluated on a daily basis. They are evaluated on a scale of 1-7, on a set of skill sets that show their interpretation mastery.
Our Sci.CORPS employees start out as Museum Apprentices (MA)/volunteers working in Sci.Crafts and the Discovery Room. Once they have learned the basic functions of the museum, and have developed their visitor service skills, these volunteers start to shadow the carts that revolve around one big scientific idea. After they have demonstrated their museum knowledge and mastery of the carts, they can reach the level of interpreters.
Museum Interpreters (MI’s) serve as the primary engagement with museum visitors, helping them to further understand exhibits and scientific ideas that are revolved around those exhibits. Interpreters also have the responsibility of training the volunteers, and to contribute to the carts and to help grow Sci.CORPS. This can be done through the building of new carts, adding new science concepts to existing carts, and developing new Sci.Crafts.
After contributing to the growth of Sci.CORPS and further developing their interpretation skills, Interpreters can eventually become Fellows in training (FIT). As FITS, our employees learn about administrative tasks and develop their leadership skills. Once they have met the requirements to move up, our FITS become Fellows. Fellows serve as peer mentors and trainers in preparing their fellow employees to make the museum an entertaining and engaging place. Fellows can perform administrative tasks and well as contributing to the growth of Sci.CORPS by building new carts, adding new science concepts to existing carts, developing new Sci.crafts, and coming up with new way to make the museum an entertaining and engaging place.