Educational Outreach

I work to promote public engagement with science by regularly visiting K-12 classrooms for educational activities and presentations, and by helping out with events at science centers, libraries, community centers, and juvenile detention facilities.

Teachers and other community leaders who would like me to join them for an educational event may contact me by email for more information. I am currently based in the Inland Empire region of California.

Below, you will find a sample of some of my outreach activities (last updated February 8, 2019).

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Herpetology Hotline Responder. Answers questions related to reptiles and amphibians via the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles online herpetology hotline, which is accessible to the general public. To date, I have answered 94 questions on topics ranging from species identification to the physiology of TaunTauns (and everything in between). I have had several ongoing conversations with elementary, high school, and college students looking for mentorship as they begin to pursue a career in herpetology. (September 2017 – present)

Science Fair Judging. Scored science fair posters and project reports. Provided detailed feedback regarding ways students could improve experimental design and analysis. (February 5, 2019; January 11, 2019)

What is a scientist? Familiarized middle school students with the general goals and specific activities of scientists, then led a miniature research project in which students started with a question (is it possible to taste the difference between M&M colors?), designed an experiment, and evaluated results and potential shortcomings of their experiment. (two 6th grade classes, January 8, 2019)

Animal adaptations presentation. Taught elementary school students about animal adaptations using hand-on activities. (four 3rd grade classes, May 31, 2018; three 4th grade classes, March 8, 2017; four 3rd grade classes, December 7, 2016)

STEAM storytime. Read children a story about rattlesnakes in the desert, then taught them about snake biology using shed skins, microscope, and a live snake. (La Sierra Library, Riverside, CA, May 15, 2018)

Reptiles outreach at an after-school science club. Used live animals to instill knowledge of and appreciation for reptiles in elementary school students. (K– 6th grade, March 14, 2018; 2nd grade, November 29, 2016)

Science Olympiad mentorship. Led workshops to prepare students for the high school Science Olympiad competition. (December 2017 – February 2018)

Lunchtime science careers conversation. Discussed scientific research, academic and career opportunities with high school students in the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. (April 18, 2017)

UC Riverside Science Day. Led activities for ~200 4th grade students to learn about animal diversity and adaptations. (February 24, 2017)

Science Surprises Part-Time Educator. Provided an after school enrichment program to elementary-aged children by preparing and delivering inquiry-based science activities at local schools. (Ithaca Science Center, February 2013 – June 2013)

Cornell Herpetological Society. Participated in dozens educational outreach events aimed for undergraduates, elementary school students, and Ithaca, NY community members over several years as a member of this undergraduate club. (2009-2012)