I am always interested in finding new ways to connect with the community, especially through science. Feel free to contact me with requests or for potential opportunities to collaborate.

PAST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature is a program designed by scientists to blend aspects of art and science to engage and retain interest in science among youth. I was an instructor for a week long camp held at the Desert Museum in the summer of 2017 and for two camps in 2018, one at the Desert Museum and one held on Kitt Peak for Tohono O'odham girls.

NOAO Teen Astronomy Cafe

The Teen Astronomy Cafe is an out-of-school program for high school students that allows them to interact with astronomers working on cutting-edge science. During each cafe, students listen to a presentation, work through a computer activity designed by the speaker, and have conversations about a day in the life of an astronomer. I was an invited speaker during the 2018 and 2019 series.

Project ASTRO

I was a classroom astronomer through Project ASTRO for two years. During the 2015-2016 academic year, I worked with a 5th grade class at Cragin Elementary School. In the picture to the left, I am guiding students through an activity to build a scale model of the Solar System. During the 2016-2017 academic year, I worked with honors physics and math students at City High School. We worked on physics demos together and I taught the students the basics of coding in Python.

INTERVIEWS AND TALKS

Active Galactic, a student-run group at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory interviewed me about my research for their Women of Discovery series.

What an honor!

The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association invited me to give my first public talk in 2017. I have also spoken to the Huachuca Astronomical Society and the Sonora Astronomical Society.

© 2019 Ekta Patel