I am always looking for ways to translate and share my research and to share my passion for science and the ocean with others. If you are a teacher interested in my research or a student interested in learning more please feel free to contact me.
In addition to having visited several different K-12 classrooms and participating in the FEMMES Program (Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and Science) at Duke to talk about Hawaiian spinner dolphins and the sounds they make, I have also had experience working in education departments translating science for all ages.
Information and reflection on some of my outreach activities can be found in my blog entries
I am on the executive board of the 501c3 nonprofit Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN). SciREN aims to connect local STEM researchers and educators to foster the dissemination of current research and ultimately enhance the science literacy of today’s youth through annual networking events and lesson plan workshops. The networking events bring researchers and teachers to the table for face-to-face interaction and exchange of ideas and materials. The lesson plan workshops help researchers translate their work into classroom-ready exercises that meet state and national standards. Together with students from other institutions including but not limited to UNC, Duke, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University, we formed a network of researchers and educators to help bring current research and researchers into local communities and classrooms. We know that our SciREN researchers and their lessons have reached more than 1,500 students in Carteret County alone. I have been involved in four SciREN networking events held over the last three years in Carteret County at the NC Aquarium and in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. In addition, I have been a leader in developing our lesson plan workshops to help support researchers in developing activities.
For more information on SciREN check out our website http://thesciren.org
For SciREN I created a Masking Marine Mammals: Introduction to Noise Pollution activity for middle school (grades 6-8) which can be downloaded here and can also be accessed, along with many other lessons written by STEM researchers, by registering for the (FREE!) SciREN website. http://thesciren.org