UCI Observatory

Although the UCI Observatory was demolished in 2014, Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane has kept its outreach program alive by continuing to schedule and organize Astronomy outreach events at nearby schools. At these events, UCI Physics & Astronomy Graduate Students take telescopes to elementary schools and conduct star parties in hopes of sparking interest in Astronomy in both students and parents alike.

We Are Them (WATz UP)

WATz UP is a program developed by the Graduate Division at UCI to provide nearby schools with workshops that use interactive exercises to promote the importance of communication, kindness, belonging and balance. UCI Graduate students from all fields are encouraged to participate in these workshops with the goal of supporting academic and personal success through effective communication, respect for self and others, and a balanced lifestyle utilizing interactive activities and discussions.

UCI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Back in August (2017) UCI Graduate Students Katy Rodriguez Wimberly and Arianna Brown organized a very successful public viewing party for the Great American Eclipse. This department supported event had 1000+ people in attendance and 500+ live stream viewers. This event was covered by the OC Register, KTLA, and NBC. I had the pleasure of being a Grad Student volunteer at the event. I helped by interacting with attendees and answering any Physics/Astronomy questions that they had. I also ran Sun-related physics demonstrations for those waiting for the eclipse to take place.

BUILD: Bringing the Universe into LA Districts

As an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona I participated in the BUILD outreach program. BUILD was developed by Professor Matthew S. Povich after winning an NSF Career Award. This program takes Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate Physics and Astronomy students to elementary schools in the Pomona area to give presentations about Astronomy and to hold star parties after dark.