With UCSB's Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), I lead science activities at local schools as a volunteer for the Family Ultimate Science Exploration Program (FUSE). We engage 8th grade students and their families in 30-minute activities related to chemistry, physics, and biology with the goal of making science accessible, interesting, and fun. In this photo, I explain shear thickening fluids to students at Santa Barbara Jr. High.
Support for the FUSE project comes from the Energy Partners Fund.
As a volunteer for the MRL's 'It's a Material World' Science nights, I show elementary-age students a range of fascinating materials, challenging them to think about the materials in their everyday lives and how future materials might improve technology even more. Here, my colleagues and I discuss the highly absorbent polymer sodium polyacrylate, found in diapers.
The Materials Research Lab is an NSF MRSEC.
As a graduate mentor in the WiSE mentorship program, I routinely meet with my undergraduate partner, who is a first-year student in mechanical engineering. We discuss the challenges and wonders of working in a STEM field, from research opportunities on campus to industrial opportunities in the future. The goal of this program is to provide a supportive network to help women in STEM thrive.
WiSE is sponsored by UCSB Dean of Science, Dean of Engineering, Sigma Xi, and a generous gift from Susan and Bruce Worster.
In my role as a lead instructor for Galileo Education, a summer camp that emphasizes technological innovation and creativity, I taught engineering concepts to 10-13 year olds. Our concrete goal was for each student to build and customize their own Go-Kart, which allowed us to cover concepts ranging from safe power tool use to torque and circuitry.
As a member of Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM), I visited elementary schools and taught engineering concepts to 1st-3rd graders. BEAM specifically focuses on bringing science and engineering activities to schools in Oakland, California. These visits are hands-on, and engage engineering interest at an early age.
With a group called 100 Strong at Berkeley, I worked to develop a mentoring program to empower high school women in Oakland to lead healthy, independent, fulfilling lives. The model of 100 Strong pairs a woman from UC Berkeley with a high school woman. In their mentoring partnership, they meet regularly to complete a service project for the local community, like building a community garden or holding a personal finance workshop.