FLIPGRID EXPLORER: FISH SCHOOL
I loop in my current research on rainbow and steelhead trout in the Fish School Flipgrid Explorer Series to show students videos from hatchery spawning and rearing facilities, tours of the labs and some videos explaining O. mykiss ecology and evolution. Students were able to participate in the grid by asking questions about fish or adaptation. I was so impressed by the thoughtful questions students sent in! Some students were even able to ask questions that many of us researchers working with rainbow and steelhead trout are also asking, which was extremely cool.
Flipgrid explorer: Nature
During my time in Panama for Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program, I worked with Flipgrid to create a grid based on observing the natural world. I posted videos in an adventure journal that showed terrestrial and marine life, including videos from scuba diving. Students were encouraged to conduct their own observational experiment and to share their results. The grid also had a Q&A section where students could post questions about animals or research in Panama.
FLIPGRID explorer: Voices with Antarctica
While wintering over at Palmer Station, Antarctica in 2016, I was invited by Flipgrid to create a grid that would show students what it was like to conduct research at an Antarctic station during my last month on station. The grid had an adventure journal where I talked about my research, toured students around different parts of station and showed them the fish we were working on. In addition to the video diary, I posted a weekly topic where I posed a question to students and they sent in responses. Along with the grid, I skyped with one classroom with high student participation for a Q&A session.
Science club for girls
In the fall of 2013, I joined Science Club for Girls, a program that matches scientist mentors to girls from grades K-8 without any cost to their families. The program aims to help girls, particularly those belonging to demographics underrepresented in STEM fields to gain confidence in STEM subjects by doubling their weekly exposure to science. In club sessions, college-aged mentors and high school junior mentors work with a group of girls in the same grade on different scientific concepts and experiments.
I worked with the same group of girls until they graduated from the program at the end of middle school. Teaching the girls to have more confidence in their ideas and ability to retain complex information about science and technology was incredibly rewarding. They recently implemented an experimental program for middle school aged girls to continue participation in SCFG and I was asked to help lead it due to my strength as a mentor. During this time, I helped edit the designed club materials while mentoring preteens.