Translating research and its implications to non-academic audiences is an integral part of science. My experience of using my own data to develop middle school science curriculum and guide an outreach program at a National Park has taught me that communication, from a scientist directly, to non-scientific audiences is a powerful tool for captivating interest and stimulating learning.
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Ocean Science Curriculum Grades 6-12
Using real pH time-series data collected from polar, temperate and tropical marine ecosystem, I developed middle school science curriculum that can be adapted for high school levels (Kapsenberg et al. 2015, Science Scope).
This lesson teaches students how to:
This work was done in collaboration with the Moorea and Santa Barbara Coastal LTERs, NOAA, and Dr. Amanda Kelley. Supporting classroom materials were developed by Sarah Raskin and were classroom tested in classrooms at RJ Frank Middle School, Oxnard, California, USA.
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Science education: Channel Islands National Park
Throughout my dissertation research (and now still), I collaborate with the Channel Islands National Park Service and NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.