Worked as a Learning Facilitator teaching computer science and engineering to middle school youth in Hong Kong at the Summer 2018 MIT STEAM Camp at Chinese International School (CIS). Supported curriculum development and instructed students to work on engineering projects using Scratch, microcontrollers, and LEGO robotics. Directed a module teaching students to program and calibrate an EEG-driven system (headsets) which navigated a LEGO WeDo motor through a swimming pool obstacle course in response to changes in human emotional states.
Founded Gique, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that exists to inspire and educate youth in science, technology, engineering, art, & math (STEAM) through educational programs and community learning. Developed the curriculum for and helped to pilot a 9 month out of school time (OST) Hands-On STEAM Program run at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, MA from 2015-2016. Organized a variety of other STEAM programs targeted to people of all ages in the Boston area, including Science Can DANCE!, featured on PBS NOVA's School of the Future series. Conducted program planning and development, fundraising, forming strategic partnerships, and recruiting and training volunteers to make community programs possible.
Worked in a collaborative team to support the planning and implementation of the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Program's Summer 2016 MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC). MOSTEC is a six-month science and engineering program for rising high school seniors from across the country which has both online and in-person components. The program begins the summer before students' senior year in high school and extends through students' first semester in 12th grade, with a 2 month Academic Phase, a 5 day conference on MIT's campus, and a 4 month Enrichment Phase.
Worked in a team of 3 on a semester long research effort in the MIT Foundations of Information Policy course to investigate the potential of edX to support educational efforts in Africa. The project culminated in a written report proposing the development of SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) that can be downloaded onto eGranary Digital Libraries and shared with schools in low internet areas of the developing world. These digital libraries would be covered under the TEACH Act and meet a need that would otherwise go unaddressed. This paper was published by the course staff on the official course website as one of 7 chosen exemplary student papers.
Designed and implemented an interactive community-curated timeline in celebration of the Computer Clubhouse Network's 20th Anniversary and drove the front-end redesign of galleries within the online Clubhouse Village website. The Clubhouse Network is an international community which provides underserved youth with creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environments to explore their ideas, develop new skills, and build their confidence through the use of technology while working with adult mentors.
Funding recipient of the Legatum Seed Grant to work in a team of 3 to create a three week English & STEM curriculum for K-8 students in La Vaquita, Zacatecas, a small farming community in rural Mexico. Taught daily English lessons at the primary & secondary schools and educated youth about science & engineering through a hands-on after-school program. Engaged in workshops with local educators and left reproducible projects for continued youth learning following program.