Mentor Guide

Hey there! Thanks for being so Pioneering!

Thank you so much for mentoring a team of young people through the creation, design and prototyping of an invention for Pioneers! Everything you’ll need to know (and a few things to think about) are contained within this guide.

The links below lead to our Mentor Guide help-sheets on smoothing out the process of Pioneers:

  1. Connect with Pioneers
  2. Running your team
  3. Recipe for a great first session
  4. Submission of your make
  5. Kid Wrangling 101

We have noted that most Pioneers teams work best in one of three formats: group, squad and event. You may want to model how you run your team on these or come up with a new way altogether, whatever works for you.

Key points

Works well for

Group
  • Meets regularly over 6 to 10 weeks
  • Shorter sessions
  • Code Clubs
  • CoderDojos
  • After-school clubs
  • In-class teams
Squad
  • Casual schedule
  • Intensive sessions
  • Strong online collaboration
  • Experienced makers
  • Family/friends teams
  • Makerspaces/workshops
  • Remote teams
Event
  • Hackathon-style
  • Introduces makers to a local community
  • Provides resources and support
  • Makers looking to make friends
  • Makers with little access to resources
  • Makers without a mentor

If you’re thinking about running an event with our help, get in touch! We love to hear from people wanting to spread the love of making, and we’ll support you as much as we possibly can to get your event off the ground.

If you want to run an event, you will need to register it on the Pioneers website well before you open your doors, so we can get you all the support you need in time for the date. Email us at [email protected] for more info!