Virtual mentoring is still a very new and complicated practice, with less than a dozen programs in the U.S. working to find the best way to offer it. Of these programs, Curiosity Machine mentors have the unique role of giving mentorship to children as they work through hands-on projects.
Providing mentorship on these projects can be very difficult because so much relies on excellent written and visual communication. However, the benefits are that it allows you to have a lasting positive impact on kids, families, and schools in different communities and even countries without restrictions of travel.
Examples of virtual or e-mentoring
E-mentoring: Spend 30 minutes providing asynchronous feedback to students online. E-mentoring takes place entirely online, through video and text posts,and is asynchronous with the students' building process"
Live Mentoring Session: Join two or three other mentors in a 45 minute webinar-style mentoring session. Students show their plans and test their designs in front of the camera. You provide feedback and ask questions about their iterations!