The first time someone blew my mind was in fifth grade science class. My teacher wandered off topic and mentioned black holes. My little, eleven-year-old brain heard:
“Blah, blah, blah. Blah. Secret of the universe. Blahblah. Bladdy blah blah.”
Wait, what?! Go back.
I raised my hand and managed to steer the class into a ten minute discussion as to whether or not it was possible to send a camera into a black hole so we could see what was on the other side.
“But what if we just attached it to a really long string so we could take a picture and then pull it back?”
I didn’t see any reason it wouldn’t work, and I thought Mr. Huwer was being irrationally stubborn about the whole thing. I went home, library card in hand, determined to prove him wrong. I ended up discovering a love of astronomy that I still hold today.
I am making a career out of trying to create educational experiences like this for everyone. Young or old, rich or poor, I want to help people find their interests and passions, learn to think critically about them, and share them with others.
In more concrete terms, I am an alternative educator on a mission to bring experiential learning opportunities to under-resourced populations. I spend my time as an after-school teacher, a museum educator, and a community arts advocate trying to create learning environments that act as a resource and supplement to classroom teachers and formal education. This blog documents my thoughts, projects, experiences, and lessons I’ve learned along the way. Please don’t hesitate to share ideas, comments, or feedback.