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Visual Coordinator

We are looking for a Visual Coordinator to join our curriculum development team to help build more amazing content for our teachers. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco.

  • Are you good with computers: quick to learn new software, always learning new keyboard shortcuts and little tricks?
  • Do you have a wide variety of visual skills and a passion for storytelling with pictures?
  • Are you uniquely good at searching google? Every image exists somewhere online and your job is to find it.
  • Do you enjoy doodling diagrams and pictures to explain tough ideas simply?
  • Do you love science?

If so, keep reading...

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We are currently active in 10% of US schools. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children stay curious.

Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to reach 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

What do we need help with?

You will be working closely with our lead script writer and activity expert to help create our science lessons. As the script and activities for a new lesson begin to take shape, you’ll drive all of the visual elements of our video production. Your responsibilities will include storyboarding the videos, sourcing photos and video clips, photographing and filming activities, creating Keynotes, and doing graphic design in Google Slides. Every step of the way, you’ll be working in a close creative collaboration with our script-writer and activity expert.

Every lesson we create is a Mystery. Each Mystery consists of 4-5 short videos, each video is 2-5 minutes long. These videos rely heavily on real-world images and videos to convey the ideas; we “show” rather than “tell”. Here is an example Mystery, which will help you understand the production quality of our videos along with the format of our lessons: Mystery 1 from The Human Machine unit, Why do your biceps bulge?.

The core of this job is taking a Mystery script and figuring out all of the visuals needed to best convey the ideas. Most of these visuals will be things we need to find on the web, so a lot of your time will be spent searching, reaching out to photographers, reviewing YouTube videos, tracking down copyright owners, and managing spreadsheets of obtained permissions. It’s essential that you are incredibly organized. In addition to finding visuals, you’ll be shooting step-by-step instructional videos, walking students and teachers through the experiments and activities included in each lesson. And finally, you’ll help with the other visuals that accompany lessons, such as Pinterest pin designs, iMovie editing, the occasional illustration or animation, and photoshopping of images. You need to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to visuals, and adept at storytelling with pictures. Every step of the way, you’ll be working in close creative collaboration with the other members of the content team.

In addition to Mysteries, we just launched our second product, which will feature a short video released weekly. We’ll need your help in shaping the vision and producing the videos for this project.

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team) We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job

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Elementary Science Specialist

We’re looking for an Elementary Science Specialist who is passionate about helping elementary teachers teach science. Your job will be to take the lead on creating a set of auxiliary resources for our Mystery Science curriculum.

We have been working hard for a few years to create one of the easiest to use, and most popular science curricula in the country. As more and more school districts adopt Mystery Science as their official curriculum and roll it out to all of their teachers, we’ve received requests for some additional resources that will make adopting Mystery Science easier for schools and districts.

You will help make it even easier for teachers across the country to have immediate success teaching Mystery Science. We’re located in the heart of San Francisco and this role will be an opportunity to join the Mystery Science Headquarters team.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We are currently active in 10% of US schools. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children stay curious.

Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to reach 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

On any given day, here are some of the exciting things you might be working on as an Elementary Science Specialist:

  • Develop scope and sequences to help teachers incorporate Mystery Science into their instruction
  • Develop strategies and tools for organizing and managing hands-on materials
  • Create resources that communicate alignment with NGSS
  • Align our lessons with state science standards
  • Curate teacher generated resources
  • Extend our instructional resources
  • Respond to customer questions about our lessons
  • Create auxiliary materials such as vocabulary lists, additional assessments etc

Requirements:

  • deep familiarity with the experience of elementary teachers
  • experience working with schools and school districts in different capacities
  • extensive knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • experience offering professional development and trainings for K-5 teachers
  • highly organized and detail oriented

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team) We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job

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Executive Assistant to People Operations Team

This is a broad ranging administrative and coordination role supporting the two co-founders, Keith and Doug, and the company's Chief of Staff, Michelle. The focus of this role will be coordinating recruiting efforts and people programs across the company in addition to broad ranging administrative support to executives. This is an opportunity to work closely with experienced entrepreneurs who are passionate about education and to play an instrumental role in building a strong team and company culture. Mystery Science has just under 20 people on the team. We're on a mission to fix science education. We're already being used in 10% of elementary schools in the country and are growing quickly. We're passionate about improving education and we're hiring for a number of positions across the company to support our growth. The expansion of our team has led to the creation of this new executive assistant role—you’ll be helping us to hire and to support our executives as we grow.

The recruiting efforts are being directed by the two co-founders in close collaboration with the company's Chief of Staff. You'll be working closely with all three as an executive assistant. You'll take responsibility for coordinating interview loops for new candidates, ensuring every candidate has an excellent experience even if we choose not to hire them in the end. You'll help review resumes, schedule calls, and juggle meetings and calendars to maximize each day. In addition, you'll help to organize events, both for internal staff and for external customers—teachers. This is a role where everyday is different.

The key requirements for this role are being incredibly organized, efficient with your time, and having strong written and verbal communication skills. It's also important for you to exercise discretion in your handling of sensitive and confidential information.

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science, teaching, and children, and who each love their respective crafts. We’re building the team that we want to work with every day. We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are excited by this role and are interested in helping build a team to fix science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job

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Activity Guru

We are looking for an activity creator to join our curriculum development team to help build more amazing content for our teachers. Most of the time, teachers have limited resources to do activities for their students, so you’re job is to design clever activities using common household supplies. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco.

When you describe yourself...

  • You consider yourself a maker.
  • You have experience rapidly prototyping things and putting together a first version of things. You think that done is better than perfect.
  • You are extremely resourceful. Don’t have all the materials? No problem. You’re a modern day MacGyver.
  • You love brainstorming new ideas and iterating on feedback.
  • You have experience breaking down complex ideas or projects into simple steps.

This is a full-time role based in San Francisco.

We have been working hard for a few years to create one of the easiest to use, and most popular science curricula in the country. As more and more school districts adopt Mystery Science as their official curriculum and roll it out to all of their teachers, we’ve received requests for some additional resources that will make adopting Mystery Science easier for schools and districts.

You will help make it even easier for teachers across the country to have immediate success teaching Mystery Science. We’re located in the heart of San Francisco and this role will be an opportunity to join the Mystery Science Headquarters team.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We are currently active in 10% of US schools. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children stay curious.

Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to reach 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

On any given day, here are some of the exciting things you might be working on as an Activity Guru:

  • Brainstorming activity ideas with the team
  • Design worksheets for our teachers
  • Prototype activity ideas
  • Breakdown activities into easy-to-repeat steps and create a tight feedback loop with the team and our customers
  • Provide input on how the activity can affect our lesson scripts
  • Working with other members of the curriculum development team to discover, create, and implement new ways to improve our lessons

Requirements:

  • Ability to creatively think outside the box
  • Generalist who can design instructions across different grade levels
  • Experience rapidly prototyping products or concepts
  • Strong communication skills and experience working within a team
  • Passionate about helping kids learn

There will be a lot of growth potential within the content team. As a small team, you’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team that regularly reflects on their processes to see if we can deliver even better materials to our customers. We’re currently focused on extending our K5 Curriculum, but soon releasing our second product, which is a series of short videos that answers kids’ questions.

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team) We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job

Apply to this job

K-2 Lesson Designer

We are looking for an lesson creator to join our curriculum development team who has extensive experience teaching kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco.

When you describe yourself...
  • You love thinking about how to get young kids excited about learning.
  • You have experience breaking down complex ideas or projects into simple steps.
  • You have experience rapidly prototyping things. You can get things done very quickly and don’t get hung up polishing and perfecting.
  • You love brainstorming new ideas and iterating on feedback.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We are currently active in 10% of US schools. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children stay curious.

Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to reach 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

On any given day, here are some of the exciting things you might be working on as an K-2 Lesson Designer:

  • Brainstorming K-2 activity ideas with the team /li>
  • Designing worksheets for our teachers
  • Prototyping activity ideas
  • Breaking down activities into easy-to-repeat steps and create a tight feedback loop with the team and our customers
  • Participating in content meeting to give input on how the activity can affect our lesson scripts
  • Working with other members of the curriculum development team to discover, create, and implement new ways to improve our lessons

Requirements:

  • Ability to creatively think outside the box
  • Generalist who can design instructions across different grade levels
  • Experience rapidly prototyping products or concepts
  • Strong communication skills and experience working within a team
  • Passionate about helping kids learn
  • There will be a lot of growth potential within the content team. As a small team, you’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team that regularly reflects on their processes to see if we can deliver even better materials to our customers. We’re currently focused on extending our K5 Curriculum, but soon releasing our second product, which is a series of short videos that answers kids’ questions.

    What is the Mystery Science team like?

    On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team) We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

    What’s the next step?

    If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

    Apply to this job

    Apply to this job

    Science Storyteller

    We are looking for someone who is a master at explaining science clearly to join our curriculum development team. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco.

    When you describe yourself...
    • You love reading and learning about science, especially the “how we know” aspect of science concepts.
    • You consider yourself someone who likes to tell stories.
    • You’re an upbeat person with a positive attitude
    • You understand the power of the right examples to help make an idea clear.

    What is Mystery Science?

    Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We are currently active in 10% of US schools. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children stay curious.

    Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to reach 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

    Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

    On any given day, here are some of the exciting things you might be working on as an K-2 Lesson Designer:

    • Coming up with and producing concepts for new lessons /li>
    • Brainstorming lesson & activity ideas with our team
    • Writing lesson scripts
    • Collaborating with the team to regularly get feedback on scripts and iterate
    • Working with other members of the curriculum development team to discover, create, and implement new ways to improve our lessons

    Requirements:

  • Experience simplifying concepts for kids
  • Strong background of scientific knowledge, particularly the “how we know” aspect of science (e.g. history of science)
  • Ability to write in a conversational tone
  • Experience working with elementary school-age
  • Strong communication skills and experience working within a team
  • Passionate about helping kids learn
  • There will be a lot of growth potential within the content team. As a small team, you’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team that regularly reflects on their processes to see if we can deliver even better materials to our customers. We’re currently focused on extending our K5 Curriculum, but soon releasing our second product, which is a series of short videos that answers kids’ questions.

    What is the Mystery Science team like?

    On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team) We are also a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

    What’s the next step?

    If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

    Apply to this job