United States of America
Years in the field:
1 – 5 Years
Areas of Expertise
After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Distance/Digital Learning, Education, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Information/Technology/Digital, Outreach and Public Engagement
Hi, I'm Caitlin! With a bachelor's degree in physics and experience in astronomy research, I found in the beginning of my professional career that informal STEAM education is my greatest passsion.
I entered the museum field in 2016 as an educator at Powerhouse Science Center (now SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity) in Sacramento, CA. In my time at Powerhouse, I gained experience in many areas of education and engagement: creating and delivering new school programs, creating and delivering Planetarium shows for a wide range of audiences including adults, summer camps, science cafes, STEM professional development in science communication, teacher workshops, floor facilitation, exhibit planning, community outreach, and more.
After three years at Powerhouse, including two years of running point on the Challenger Learning Center on site, I decided to pursue graduate school in Museum Studies.
I am currently completing my master's project work for my MS in Museum Studies. My project, Upgrading the Storehouse: Reimagining Geology Museums for 21st Century Audiences, works with the geology museum on the University of New Mexico campus to apply New Museology and Constructivist theory to the museum's current renovation project.
I have also spent the past year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Explora in Albuquerque, NM. The projects I worked on included planning the annual NM Science Fiesta, working on several STEM professional video series, working with the teen intern program, developing an online mental health exhibit, and writing grants.