Astronomy on Tap, San Antonio
girls stem summit 2019
Together with families, we built a bunch of "comets" at the Witte Museum during Spring Break in their temporary exhibit Planet Pioneers! The kids loved getting their hands dirty and I always have fun playing with dry ice and talking about space!
Skype A Scientist
Several times a year I participate in the Skype A Scientist program, which connects me to classrooms across the continent, giving students a chance to ask me their questions about a career in STEM and everything they want to know about space.
AGU Voices for science
I am a member of the first American Geophysical Union's Voices for Science program, a program dedicated to supporting and fostering science communication and science policy advocates.
"Science expert" for britannica kids' encyclopedia
In 2019-2020, I was a consultant - or "science expert" - on some of the space-themed articles in the new Britcannica Kids' Encyclopledia. If interested, you can already pre-register for it.*
*Note that I do not receive any proceeds/profit from sales.
Lunar Eclipse 2022
Scobee education Center
The total lunar eclipse on May 15th drew hundreds of people in San Antonio to the top the San Antonio College parking garage to experience the celestial event together. As a Solar System Ambassador and advocate for the exciting science at SwRI, we were there to talk about NASA and ESA missions, the moon, craters, and meteorites.
As a NASA Solar System Ambassador, educators from schools, museums and planetariums can contact me to request talks and presentations about current and past NASA missions. Through this program and others, I regularly give science presentations at schools, Boys & Girls clubs, astronomy events, and even retirement homes! I also provide laboratory tours of SwRI for classes, girl/boy scouts, robotics teams, and physics camps.
Young engineers & Scientists (YES)
This program brings ~20 advanced high school students to our campus for 2.5 weeks, where they experience many facets of the science and engineering work at SwRI. The students also select mentors for the following school year. 3 years ago, I co-developed and continue to implement a spectroscopy section, giving the students a hands-on project to learn about remote sensing.