In addition to having a STEM background,Â Wow! Science workersÂ have an interest in enabling young learners to embrace science. They are individuals who enjoy a hands-on approach to learning. TheÂ threeÂ most important roles in our program are theÂ Camp Director,Â Counselor and Assistant Counselor. Our Counselors provide guidance to campers during daily camp activities. TheÂ Assistants supportÂ Counselors in managingÂ their groups.Â Camp Directors are responsible for making sure each locations runs smoothly.
Our program is headed by Executive Director Fola Adebi. Mrs. Adebi is also the founder of Wow! Science CampÂ®.Â A seasoned scientist and educator, Mrs. Adebi holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in chemistry from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and a masterâ€™s degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Fola worked as a chemist with a major pharmaceutical company. Her scientific efforts are reflected in the many patents on which she is listed as a co-inventor with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2002, she decided to pursue her true passion: teaching, mentoring, and guiding children and young adults toward realizing their potential. In the past ten years, she has taught and mentored students from grade school to college level.
Qualifications of Camp Staff
Our staff members are skilled at working with children. Camp Directors must be master's prepared. Minimum qualification for Counselors is a bachelor's degree.Â Assistant Counselors must possessÂ sixty college credits. In addition to the experience they bring, staff is trained on:
- Camper safety, conduct, and other camp policies
- Techniques for teaching hands-on science
- Leadership skills
- Team-building skills
- Camp curricula
- Camp activities
- Conducting successful field trips
- Basic Life Support
If you are passionate about helping children understand and embrace science and would like to work for Wow! Science CampÂ®, Click here to apply for a job.
Wow! Science CampÂ® welcomes volunteers. If you would like to volunteer as an assistant during science projects, serve as a chaperone on field trips, or assist during lunchtime, Click here to submit your information.
Every staff member undergoes rigorous background checks that include fingerprinting, criminal record check, sex-offender registry check, and satisfactory previous employment record. We require our volunteers to submit to sex-offender registry and criminal record checks.