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Science Voices

A lot of science learning takes place outside of the classroom and throughout a lifetime. Through my nonprofit Science Voices, I am developing a number of projects to improve science learning in these contexts and incorporate technology into these activities.

One major project takes place in the US Virgin Islands, working with the Etelman Observatory and the Virgin Islands Children's Museum. Together, we are developing a number of mobile astronomy education exhibits and kits that can be utilized in the tourism sector. This project incorporates Agavi, a mobile-native adaptive learning platform I am developing with an international team to improve edtech options for informal learning spaces.

Additionally, I am working to incorporate Agavi into other informal education spaces, such as libraries, community centers, team-building retreats, and retirement communities. I am currently working with the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Maricopa, Arizona, and partners at the University of Campinas in Brazil to test these approaches in rural and off-the-grid areas.

Phoenix Fan Fusion

I have also been involved with Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comicon), a pop culture celebration specializing in comics, science fiction, and anime. Phoenix Fan Fusion is one of the biggest comicons in the nation, drawing more than 75,000 attendees every year. From 2013 to 2019, I serve as a panelist on a variety of science panels. Some were pure science, others are a mix of science and popular entertainment or public policy.

From 2014 to 2015, I served as the science programming coordinator. I recruited and directed a small team that organized the science programming both years. This programming included 24 hours of panels as well as special exhibits for the exhibitors' space. We pioneered a number of approaches that have helped make the science programming a huge success, including rotating interactive exhibits from a variety of institutions from across the Southwest region, remixing scientists on panels to create a diversity of fields of expertise and personal experiences, and hosting events where the public can interact with scientists.

Outreach Events

Science Voices
2020: Ak-Chin Indian Community Library (Mars Family Night)

Phoenix Fan Fusion
2019: EduTech Expo (exhibit), How We Learn from Video Games (panel), Science in The Expanse (panel), Science and Tech in Farscape (panel)
2018: Exobiology: Ice Fishing on Europa (panel), More Machine Than (Lesson) Planned (panel)
2017: EduTech Expo (exhibit), School of Earth and Space Exploration booth (exhibit), Build-a-Lair Workshop (panel), Frequent Liar Miles (panel), From Ashes (panel)
2016: Astrobiology of Mass Effect (panel)
2015: The Funding Game (panel) - Programming Coordinator
2014: Astrobiology of Mass Effect (panel) - Programming Coordinator
2013: Habitable Worlds (panel)

Arizona State University - School of Earth and Space Exploration
2011-2018: Earth and Space Exploration Day (November) - Exhibitor
2011-2018: School of Earth and Space Exploration Open House (monthly) - Exhibitor
2011-2018: ASU's Open Door (February) - Exhibitor