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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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Mentors in Out-of-School Time (MOST)



Mentors prepare and present maker content to after-school students in a small group setting


Apply to be a M.O.S.T. Mentor

Why Participate?

Do you want to make a fundamental difference in the lives of children? Have you thought about becoming an educator? Do you want to earn money while learning if a future career in education is right for you? If so, consider becoming part of the Mentors in Out of School Time team!

What is M.O.S.T. ?

M.O.S.T. is paid, early-field experience offered each quarter for undergrad students who want to work with kids or seek an experience to "try teaching." 

M.O.S.T. offers a unique opportunity to try teaching in an off-campus, structured environment in tandem with weekly seminar discussions focused on effective teaching strategies.

M.O.S.T. mentors prepare and present maker projects that spark students' curiosity and creativity to elementary school students in a small group, after-school setting. For example, students learn new skills (how to build a working circuit) while making a wand, a scribble bot or a hand buzzer. 

M.O.S.T. Requirements

  • Available Tuesdays 4PM - 6PM (seminar on campus)
  • Available Thursdays 3PM - 6PM (teaching off campus)
  • Application submitted and accepted for hiring 
    • Hiring process and Live Scan fingerprinting completed

M.O.S.T. Includes:

  • 1-unit for weekly seminar (SCM 220-02)
  • $17.00/hour for teaching at a local school site
  • Carpooling to school site will be arranged 


R. Y. - Classroom teacher, "The kids love the program!"

H. L. - M.O.S.T. mentor, "If you are thinking about teaching, even just a little bit, it's a great job where you get paid to learn a lot and gain valuable experience. Highly recommend!"


**Apply for Spring 2023**

To become a Mentor, students must:

  1. Complete a brief application.
  2. Upon acceptance, complete hiring paperwork and sign up for a Live Scan
  3. Register for SCM 220-02 (Mentors in Out of School Time). 


If you have any questions about M.O.S.T., please contact Christine Haas at cesame@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-2859

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