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SMALLab Seeks 3 Research Assistants for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

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Gaming SMALLab (Situated Multimedia Art Learning Lab) is a research project exploring embodied play as a strategy for K-12 learning. Supported through grants from Intel and the MacArthur Foundation, the project is being spearheaded by David Birchfield (Arizona State University, Arts, Media and Engineering program) and Katie Salen (Parsons the New School for Design, Design and Technology program). It is being developed in collaboration with the Institute of Play, a games and learning non-profit. The research team from Parsons and Quest-to-Learn are developing game-based learning scenarios in the areas of math, science, and wellness. For more information about SMALLab: smallab.parsons.edu

Job description:
1. learn and maintain SMALLab system
2. master Optitrack motion tracking system (setup and calibrate)
3. run SMALLab system with kids (turn on/shut down/run games)
4. trouble shoot when there is a problem with the system
5. document and archive SMALLab

Qualifications:
1. enjoy working with kids (11 to 13)
2. comfortable working with electronics, cable, and tangled wires
3. basic knowledge of troubleshooting techniques or computer related problems
4. able to work under pressure
5. programming skills not required

Work commitment:
• 5 to 10 hours per week
• 2 – semester commitment, Fall 2010 & Spring 2011, starting September 2010

Pay:
$20 / hr (standard university graduate Research Assistant rate)

Please email your letter of intent, resume and link to online portfolio to: kanyangli@gmail.com.

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