As a graduate student I will mentor some undergrad students so that they can help me with my work and get some useful experience working in a lab.
From my past experience, I realized that they lack knowledge. So I do not want to them work on data analysis at least for a semester (unless they show promise) but at the same time do not want to just work on tightening nuts and bolts.
Also they lack time to get up to speed on doing research on their own. What is a good way to get them interested in learning more? Also if you can point to some good resources on mentoring that would be helpful.
Edit (following eykanal's comment): I do not need to interact with undergrads on a regular basis. So I am not thinking about getting them interested in research, in general. I believe most of the students, who come to work in lab, are in general interested in learning, ignoring few who are just want to beef up their resume.
Last time I worked with a student, I had assigned him some data analysis related work only to realize later that he was more interested in working in the lab then in front of a computer. Lesson learned the hard way, because we ended up wasting time.
What I am looking for is the missteps to avoid when mentoring a student so that they would stay interested and try to do things on their own.