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STUDENTS INNOVATE FOR A BETTER AMERICA COMPETITION©
2010-11 SCIENTIST REGISTRATION FORM

LAUNCH DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010
MOTOROLA GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE


The Students Innovate for a Better America Competition© is funded through a grant from the Motorola Foundation. It is administered by the National Museum of Education in collaboration with Allegro Productions, Inc. producers of the award winning science news series: Science Screen Report®, Science Screen Report for Kids® and the Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series™.


VIRTUAL MENTOR COMMITMENT

Please read the following information carefully so you are fully aware of the time involved as a "virtual" mentor:

  • You will be assigned as a mentor to a school registered to participate in the "challenge".

  • Volunteers can recommend schools within Motorola communities where they work.
  • We are looking to form volunteer teams for each school so members can rotate "virtual visits" and provide support as needed.
  • Mentors can be located in a different geographic location than the selected school, although it is recommended both should be in similar time zones for ease of scheduling "virtual visits".
  • Volunteers should report to their assigned school for an initial orientation on Wednesday, October 13 as part of the Motorola Global Day of Service. This visit can be in person or virtually via Skype™.
  • Thereafter, all visits will take place via Skype™ or other videoconferencing software.
  • Planning calls will be scheduled throughout September/October 2010. Schools are registered for the program to accommodate as many time zones and school/business schedules as possible, which may include Saturday mornings and evening calls for participant convenience.
  • The planning calls will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • "Virtual mentor" estimated time commitment: two "virtual visits" to the assigned school per month; each approximately 30 minutes in length.
  • Dates/times are to be scheduled for the convenience of all participants.
  • Virtual visits are limited to 30 minutes to accommodate class schedules.
  • "Visits" to take place via Skype™, or other videoconferencing software depending on available technology.
  • Mentors should register for Skype™ and share address with selected school (See technology requirements).
  • It is recommended that mentors have some expertise in the field in which the students will be developing their "solutions;" however, guest experts may also be invited to participate in the program as appropriate.
  • The purpose of the virtual visits is to provide guidance to the students on their project; i.e. information sources, pertinent new research, observations/suggestions about project management and development.
    Mentors should NOT do any of the work involved, nor purchase any equipment or materials necessary to complete the project.
    Skype™ Technology Requirements (all parties):
  • Any location (office, lab, classroom or lecture hall) with high speed Internet access.
  • Computer with high quality monitor. Depending on room size, it is recommended to use a minimum 17" monitor.
  • Webcam - Skype™ recommends:
    o LAPTOPS/NOTEBOOKS: Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks high-performance webcam with Autofocus (approx. $30)
    o PC's: Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 Razor Sharp Video with Autofocus (approx. $75)
    o MAC: Logitech® QuickCam® Vision Pro for Mac® (approx. $130)
  • Speakers.
  • Microphone.
  • Skype™ software - can be downloaded from Skype.com for free




CHALLENGE INFORMATION






VIRTUAL SCIENTIST CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are a Motorola employee please indicate the facility where you are located. If not, then list your company/organization information:













I hereby affirm that I agree to become a “Virtual Scientist Guest Lecturer/Mentor.”




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