My experience as an educator and mentor of undergraduate, high school, and middle school students has revealed that biomechanics is an effective means of engaging a wide range of audiences in Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM). I've had such a great time teaching and mentoring K-12 and undergraduate students during my studies. I'm excited to continue to build and contribute to STEAM education and outreach activities at Rush University Medical Center.
During my PhD studies, I was a fellow of a NSF-USC funded program. At this capacity, I worked with teachers to enrich the STEAM curriculum in a middle school comprised of 100% economically disadvantaged students (Los Angeles Unified School District Report, 2011/12). We used a guided experiential learning approach through each of the major phases of learning: exposure, experience, expertise, and embedding (Farkas et al. 2003). Above, you will find examples of middle school student work through open-ended design challenges, and hands-on labs. (For more information about this fellowship program, click here)
RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OUTREACH
"DANCE AS MEDICINE" AT LINEAGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Lineage Performing Arts Center is founded on the idea that dance is medicine, and the video below provides personal testimony from a participant of their outreach class for people who have been affected by Stroke or Parkinson's Disease. I have had the great opportunity to volunteer at Lineage as a dancer and teacher, and the honor to participate in the "inspired movement" class.
DANCE WITH NEWTON'S LAWS
As part of USC's 2012 Science Film Competition, I co-directed this film and use it during STEAM outreach events as a primer for biomechanics/ physics lessons.
BALLET-OLOGY: Physics of Ballet
Scriptwriter and science consultant for Super Deluxe