As a CU Science Ambassador and member of the Portal to the Public, I’ve participated in a number of science communication workshops and events. Through the CU Science Discovery Program during Fall 2015, I attended a 6-week workshop and developed my own hands-on demonstration for a “Meet a Scientist” event at the Boulder Public Library for the general public. My exhibit explained why cracks in mud and paint often meet at perpendicular angles. The exhibit allowed kids and parents to use a hairdryer and paint to create perpendicular cracks (i.e., literally watching paint dry)- this was a great way to introduce the seemingly complex topics of stress and strain in a fun, accessible way. I am also a recurring judge for the Boulder County High School Science Fair.

Teaching kids about mud cracks