Substantial science learning occurs outside of classrooms, making science centers, museums, nature centers, and parks important places for informal learning. As scientists, it is important for us to communicate our research broadly to make science more accessible for all. Below are some examples of science outreach I have done.
Guest speaker for STEM Night at Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY
Selected responses from students:
“Diversity is a beautiful thing – even in wasps!”
“i love your job i hope to be like you i really want to be a lot like you”
Future Science Leaders, Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
Middle school students helped develop interactive exhibits on social insects for the Sciencenter and are helping develop interpretive signage for local NY State Parks
Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
The “golden frog” is a charismatic species of cultural importance to the Patamona people in the Guyana highlands. I worked with Patamona park rangers at Kaieteur National Park to incorporate aspects of golden rocket frog natural history into outreach information provided during tours for park visitors.