I am a firm believer that it is the mandate of a scientist to share their knowledge with others. Below list a few attempts at doing this through a variety of methods.
As a first year postdoc at the CfA I mentored a summer student through the LSAMP program, involving the Smithsonian Latino Initiative, and am currently mentoring a few students through the Banneker and Aztlan Institutes at the CfA.
The majority of my educational materials developement has been centered around developing AstroBlend a Python library for use in Blender as a means for scientists to visualize their large, three dimensional datasets as well as facilitate collaborations with 3D artists.
In addition, I've got 2 weeks of materials for an inquiry-based course of computational astrophysics and data visualization right here. This was done over the summer of 2016 within the Banneker and Aztlan Institutes at the CfA.
As a graduate student at University California, Santa Cruz, I had to opportunity to work with several outstanding students. Many of them are currently in graduate school and doing amazing things! Check them out: Melinda Soares-Furtado, Andrea Derdzinski, and Ricardo Fernandez.
- I was a mentor with the Lamat program for the past several years. This program partners a UCSC graduate student with a summer student from Hartnell Community College. Learn more about this program here.
- In the summer of 2014 I was a co-instructor of the LAMAT Python Bootcamp. I taught the afternoon sessions which were largely inquiry based activities mirroring real scientific methods.
- In the summer of 2011 I was a co-developer and teacher of a short course for art and physics students collaborating through the OpenLab project and the CfAO's Program for Professional Development Program, or PDP. The course taught coding and visualization techniques to a mixed group of art and physics undergraduates who then worked together to convey a physical concept in an informative and visually appealing way. The link to a more detailed description and videos of their projects will be on the OpenLab website in the next few weeks.
- As a graduate student I also was an instructor in Professor Mark Krumholz's Program for Inmate Education, PIE, for several years. Through this program, I had the opportunity to teach several Algebra classes to the inmates in the Santa Cruz County jail.