Zoo Train Challenge: Advisers & Mentors

Why Advisers and Mentors?

One of the goals of this initiative is to help schools and students build connections to individuals in the wider community that can not only help with the project, but help students understand what a career in industry may look like, and how they might get there.  We’re pulling together a team of Advisers and Mentors for this purpose, but will let schools decide how they can best make use of those resources.

Industry Advisers

Industry Advisers will either work with an individual teacher to support a school team, or join a pool of experts who can provide support for technical questions on an ad hoc basis.  We ask that advisers join us for a kick-off event at the Zoo, the conceptual design review in early December, and the detailed design review in April of 2020. Throughout the project, Learn Deep will meet monthly with teams from each school to hear what the team has been able to accomplish, what they’re struggling with, and how they plan to address those concerns.  We encourage Industry Advisers to attend at least one of these sessions each semester.

For this project, a civil, industrial, mechanical or environmental engineering background is a plus.

If you’d like to join the effort as an industry adviser, please let us know.

    Near-Peer Mentors

    We’re looking to connect our high school teams with engineering and construction students from partners in higher-ed– MSOE, UWM, Marquette, MATC, and WCTC.  We encourage near-peer mentors to attend the kick off and design review events.  We don’t expect near-peer mentors to travel to the school to which they are assigned.  Near-peer mentors will work out a preferred method of communication and frequency of interaction with their school team.

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