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I’ve been binge-watching the reality show “The Great British Bake Off” for the past couple of months. For those that haven’t watched it, “The Great British Bake Off” is a baking competition in the UK where amateur bakers compete in a weekly series of cooking challenges, set by two expert... Read more →

I am thrilled to be returning to the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) conference this year, happening next weekend in San Jose, California. It's been a couple years since I've been to ASTC, one of my favorite science education conventions. And it's great to have it in our... Read more →

Last Tuesday, I co-facilitating an educator training in Chicago for Science Action Club, along with my colleague Andrew. I enjoyed getting to share our latest unit Birds in Your Schoolyard with 20 after school educators. We worked hard to make it a fun training for them. They learned about and... Read more →

On Wednesday, I am giving a talk "87 Tips on Running A Successful Serious Game Jam," for the Digital Media and Learning conference in Irvine, California. I was being a bit facetious in my title. But upon reflection, it was not hard to come up with 87 actual tips, based... Read more →

I'm excited to let you know that I will soon be taking on a newly created role at the Academy, the Senior Instructional Design Lead for the Science Action Club. This is a new position working with our largest youth program, the Science Action Club (SAC), a high-impact STEM learning... Read more →

The year two-thousand and fifteen was a HUGE one for the Digital Learning program at the California Academy of Sciences. We've had a lot of changes, pivots, sad goodbyes, and successes over the past twelve months that are important to acknowledge. Farewell, Christine / Welcome, Jeff! Over the summer, we... Read more →

On Saturday, we held the end-of-the-semester showcase for our Digital Learning TechTeen program. Creating these "stand and deliver" moments for our teens is one the best parts of my job. Youth showcases are a great way to see what your students are getting out of your program, in their own... Read more →

This week, I had to quickly come up with a more interactive way to teach our TechTeens about genetic engineering, since they had chosen a topic for their next blog post on creating genetically modified pets. I don't have a background in microbiology or genetics, so was a little stumped.... Read more →