If you are a teacher in southern Arizona and would like to work on a joint lesson plan, please contact me. I am willing to travel beyond just the Tucson area. If possible, I’d like to incorporate astronomical activities and concepts with the existing curricula. I could also give a talk about my research, astronomy, science, college…. I want to be flexible and do what works best with your school/classroom. My email address is [email protected]
Mt Lemmon Sky School
The Mt Lemmon Sky School has programs for school groups of all ages. Students spend the day(s) doing inquiry-based science experiments on the sky island environment of the Catalina Mountains. At night, there are observing sessions.
I have assisted with evening activities/talks and night observing sessions at the Mt Lemmon Sky School. For two years, I mentored a high school student through a science fair project for SARSEF (Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation).
Project ASTRO is a program that connects and trains teachers and astronomers to bring hands-on science education into the classroom.
Teen Astronomy Cafe
The Teen Astronomy Cafe program is organized by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. High school students come in on a Saturday to learn astronomy and work through introductory coding exercises. I help students work through these exercises and answer any questions they may have about astronomy, college, coding, etc.
Astronomy Camp is a week-long science camp in Arizona primarily for high school students. We use hands-on learning activities to help students understand the world around them. Students also have the opportunity to observe through research-grade telescopes on the mountains surrounding Tucson. I will work with the beginning camp this summer.
I am part of the Tucson Women in Astronomy’s mentoring program and last year mentored a freshman astronomy major at the University of Arizona. I have led night observing and solar observing sessions, and have given talks at local elementary schools.
As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, I was part of and co-coordinated Physics Van (pictured above, https://van.physics.illinois.edu/). With Physics Van, I traveled to elementary schools in central Illinois to perform exciting physics demonstrations mean to teach basic physics and show kids that physics is fun.
Liquid nitrogen ice cream at a physics conference
Urbana, IL 2014