Spring 2021: FOR 6934: Science Communication and Public Education
This course will provide an introduction to science communication, environmental education, and public outreach. The course will focus on strategic message framing and how to convey scientific research to the public. The public outreach portion will focus on general audiences as well as K-12 specific outreach.
(Un)Common Reads- UF
Fundamentals of Coastal and Marine Education- University of North Carolina Wilmington
Introduction to Environmental Studies- University of North Carolina Wilmington
I believe outreach is an important part of research. Here are some examples of my previous outreach activities.
I have participated in outreach events such as judging science fairs and sharing educational technology at school events.
I also organized events such as the first annual Family Science Festival for which I received an NC Science Festival program grant.
I helped organize and facilitate NanoDays at NC State University. NanoDays is a national event begun by Dr. M. Gail Jones many years ago based on her research in NanoScale Education. As part of this event, we hosted middle school students for lab tours and NanoScience demonstrations.
Additionally, I develop curriculum and professional development opportunities for teachers. My Sea Turtle Exploration curriculum uses sea turtles to teach STEAM for grades K-5. Students learn about reptiles, sea turtle nesting, how turtles live in the wild, and how they're cared for at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. With over 30 lesson plans, teachers can search for turn-key activities by standard or by topic. My We Sea Change high school curriculum was developed to introduce students to issues related to climate change. I worked with local high school students to develop a film about climate change in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina.