VIVITA Creativity Accelerator for Children and Youth is looking for Ukrainian speaking team members (product designers, electronics engineers, technology teachers) to be able to open our innovation studio to Ukrainian refugee children in Estonia.
VIVITA creativity accelerator is an international children’s and youth invention and innovation labs network that currently operates in 8 countries in Europe, Asia and USA. VIVITA is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. Our goal is to equip children with the mindset, skillset and toolset for inventing, designing, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship. At VIVITA we encourage children to come up with their original inventions, and we include them into various local and international design and innovation projects with the aim to create more inclusive and family friendly products, services, experiences and public spaces. We believe creativity is the cornerstone for the future generation of innovators, founders and makers to lead a positive change; and that including children into the design and product development processes helps create more diverse and inclusive products. VIVITA innovation studios membership is free for children ages 8-15 year old.
What makes us unique
VIVITA is a place where you can truly create an impact. You will be helping the young creative minds – future entrepreneurs, inventors and world changers – to realize their first inventions and business ideas.
We have a self-directed team, that allow freedom, autonomy and motivation. We like to experiment and learn from our experiments. In your work you will be using the tools and equipment available at our studio (laser-cutters, 3D-printers, tablets, robotics kits, woodwork tools etc) and you will be tapping into our collective creativity. You can also use our studio and tools for the development of your own projects. If you wish so, you can spend 2-3 months working in one of our other studios across the world.
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Working hours: Full-time (40h / week) or part-time
Languages: English (pre-requisite), Ukrainian (pre-requisite), Estonian (optional), Russian (optional)
Please send us your resume and/or a link to your Linkedin profile; and a link to your portfolio (if available).
It is your task to take note of children’s whimsical and bold product concepts and together with them develop those fuzzy raw ideas into tangible working prototypes. You are familiar with materials, quick prototyping and modelling techniques, dare to ask the right questions – why / for whom / how the product will be used, and open to receive honest feedback. You are not afraid to experiment, break things and constantly reiterate – only in order to achieve the best possible result.
What we expect from you:
- You have an inventor’s mindset, creative problem solving skills and tinkering mentality;
- You are cheerful, playful and excited about technology;
- Ability to convey your vision into words and sketches;
- Good analytical skills
- Are able and willing to work both independently and as part of a larger global team;
- 2D and 3D designing and modelling skills
- An added plus: earlier experience in working with youth
You are confident in electronics, engineering and robotics, you have experiences in quick prototyping with Arduino, Micro:Bit or similar development environments. You take initiative, have excellent time-management skills and are creative in finding new solutions. You might have some additional technical/creative skills that you are willing to teach to young creative minds.
What we expect from you:
- Background in electronics and engineering and willingness to share your knowledge and skills with children;
- Expertise in designing and building electronic circuits and developing the documentations for them (drawings, specification, reading electric blocks etc).
- Expertise in programming and professional software.
- Earlier experience in working with children (teaching, mentoring) and/or experience in starting and instructing a makerspace/technology class would be advantageous.
You feel confident in woodwork, electronics and practical robotics, have knowledge about 3D modelling, programming and fast prototyping. You are known to take initative, be a good time-planner and creative to find new solutions. Maybe you have some extra skills in a technical or creative field that you would be willing to share with children.
What we expect from you:
- Background in STEAM field (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) and willingness to share your knowledge and skills with children
- Designing, prototyping, tinkering skills and of relevant software
- Compulsory: earlier work experience with children (teaching, mentoring) and/or experience in setting up and operating / mentoring a makerspace / technology class / technology club.