Science outreach

My goal as an educator is to promote understanding of science both inside and outside the classroom. I work intensely to increase science literacy among the public, K-12 students, and teachers, as a way to promote social equality through science. I use my research as a framework for the development and implementation of inquiry-based educational activities. I have organized and participated in a number of science outreach activities in science fairs, schools, and public events. Currently, I lead and manage the “Science Spotlight-public lecture series” at Columbia University, with the aim to enhance the understanding of science among Columbia University students.

See the list below to get an idea of the science outreach activities I am involved on:

  • Big Green Theater. Guest speaker January 18th and 19th, 2017. PS239 (Ridgewood) and PS075 (Bushwick) schools, NYC. I discussed the importance of phytoplankton and climate change with 5th graders.

Big Green Theater (BGT) is a program developed by The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse that combines environmental education with an annual green theater festival. Fifth-grade students from Bushwick schools explore environmental topics with guest experts, and then are guided in writing original eco-plays. Finished plays are fully realized and professionally produced at The Bushwick Starr Theater during Earth Week, featuring sustainable and efficient design.

 

  • ECUSA en las escuelas. November 30th, 2016. United Nations International School, New York, NY. We reached Spanish-speaking children from NYC and run a series of workshops to engage children in science discussions. We specifically discussed what DNA is and extracted DNA from a banana!

The mission of the program “ECUSA en las escuelas” is to awaken 5-14 year-old children’s interest and curiosity in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) while cultivating Spanish language and culture.  Learn more about the program here.

  • Math for America (MfA). ‘Why should I care about marine microbes?”. Developed and run workshop with high school teachers to discuss climate change and microbes. November 1, 2016.

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  • First St. Thomas Aquinas College/Lamont Doherty Earth Day Science Fair. Run the hands-on activity “Phytoplankton Race” to increase awareness about phytoplankton among the public. April 22, 2016.
  • Institute of New Dimensions. Ocean microbes: Gauges of climate change. Public talk. January 14, 2016. Paramus, NJ, USA.
  • College club of Ridgewood. “What is to be a Microbial Oceanographer?” Lecture to broaden science literacy among the community. November 10, 2015. Ridgewood, NY, USA.
  • Poly Prep Country Day School. Career panel – What is it to be an oceanographer?. November 13, 2015.
  • Rockland Service Corps. “What is it to be a Microbial Oceanographer?” Presentation and lab tour to college seniors in science. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. June 26, 2015.

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  • Earth2class workshop.  Instruction of K-12 teachers in the use of Oceanography Science kits in their classrooms. May 12, 2015.
  • Nyack College students (NY). Presentation of “What is Microbial Oceanography?” and hands-on activity in the laboratory. December 11, 2014.
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  • Back to Columbia Day. Columbia University main campus. NY. Hands-on activity “Phytoplankton Race”. July 2014.
  • Morse Pond School, Falmouth, MA. Hands-on activity with two 5th grade classes. Worked with students to gain a general overview of plankton sampling and classification. April 2013.

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  • Project Micro Festival. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. Developed an activity with 90 7th grade students to gain a general overview of plankton sampling and classification. February 2013.
  • Lawrence School Science Support Project. Falmouth, MA. Helped students during the early stages of planning their science projects. February 2013.
  • Falmouth High School and Bourne Middle School science fairs, MA. Utilized C-MORE Science Kits to teach core concepts in microbial oceanography. February 2012. C-MORE Science Kits. Request a Kit!.