Jan 28, 2012:
I enjoy talking about astronomy, whether it is to middle school students, college students, or people I meet! Astronomy outreach is an important part of my life in graduate school, and I have been fortunate enough to be involved with some amazing organizations and people.
From 2007 to 2009 I was part of the Center for Adaptive Optics (now ISEE) Professional Development Program. Through this program I helped to develop and teach inquiry-based lessons for two week-long programs for Hawaiian high school and college students.
From 2010 to 2011 I was a SEELA NSF GK-12 Fellow, partnered with a local middle school teacher. As part of this program, I developed and taught a series of lessons for the California 8th grade physical science curriculum. Eight of these lessons are available here.
Since 2009 I have been involved with the UCLA Astronomy Department's Astronomy Live! outreach group, founded by and run by the graduate students. Each year we host an open house for the public called Exploring your Universe, feauturing a wide range of hands-on activities. We also bring outreach activities to schools in the community.