ISEE Inquiry Activity
Inquiry Based and Conventional Laboratories

My previous teaching experience spans inquiry based activities and laboratory courses at two universities. I have been exposed to a range of teaching philosophies and have developed tools that will allow me to teach effectively in diverse enviroments. My inquiry teaching knowledge stems from the Institute for Scientist and Engineering Educators (ISEE) workshops from their Professional Development Program (PDP) and my traditional teaching techniques are derived from my laboratory teaching experiences at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Iowa . I have also been a Calculus I tutor for the Iowa Biosciences Advantage Program.

Teaching Roles:

Focusing on Optics
Team Leader and Co-designer APS - ASTR 1030: Accelerated Intro to Astronomy Lab October 26, 2014
Boulder, CO
Students investigated image formation in different contexts. First, they explored images from pinhole cameras. Second, they observed the benefits of using a single optic to focus light. Finally, they analyzed the image properties from multiple optics and applications as a telescope. Learners deciphered the benifits and limitations of the three imaging setups and define characteristics of an 'acceptable' image.

Satellite Instrument Design
Team Leader and Co-designer NSO - AWI Alumni Workshop November 15 - 16, 2013
Pukalani, HI
Students collaboratively designed hypothetical instruments (subsystems) for analyzing the Sun. Different investigation pathways were provided based on Solar phenomena to build instruments to optimally obtain data on these phenomena utilizing the Nyquist Sampling Theorem. These "subsystems" were to function cohesively to obtain information to investigate the original Solar phenomena. Thus, our learners engaged in stating a Science Objective (Solar phenomena to study) to set Science Requirements (what type of measurement is necessary?), designated Performance Requirements (what must the instrument do?), created a Design, and established Specifications/Tolerances (how well must the instrument perform). Our students evaluated their "subsystem" and iterated to modify their designs.

Shining Light on the Sun
Co-designer and Facilitator LASP Summer REU June 12 - 13, 2012
Boulder, CO
Students majoring in physics and/or astronomy at a range of undergraduate educational levels were asked to use models to explain experimental results. Students worked to understand and articulate the limitations of a model, and decipher when other models are needed. In “Shining Light on the Sun”, students investigate solar phenomena with lab equipment and actual satellite data. They learn about selectively applying theoretical models of radiation processes (specifically black body, emission, absorption lines) to the solar spectrum in order to infer physical properties of the sun, and generate explanations of observed phenomena.

Accelerated Intro to Astronomy laboratory, 1030
Lab Teaching Assistant University of Colorado, August 2011 - December 2011
Boulder, CO
In this lab for astronomy majors I taught concepts of solar system astronomy involving interactive setups for optics, spectral analysis, extrasolar-planet detection methods and weekly solar observations.

Stars, Galaxies and the Universe laboratory, 29:050
Lab Teaching Assistant University of Iowa August 2010 - May 2011
Iowa City, IA
In this lab for non-astronomy majors I taught the basics of photometric variability, measurement techniques and image analysis algorithms.

Iowa Biosciences Advantage Program
Calculus I Tutor University of Iowa August 2010 - May 2011
Iowa City, IA
I taught students with biology related majors the fundamentals of Calculus I and analytical problem solving philosophies.