Volunteer Work

My volunteer work provides an opportunity to extend my educational work while interacting with communities of practice. Through these organizations I have developed friendships and valuable networks of other educators, scientists, leaders, and policymakers that have helped me grow professionally.

New Jersey Makers Day

New Jersey Makers Day is a 501(c)(3) inspires and activates libraries to showcase and highlight STEM and maker culture, enhancing life-long learning. The goal is to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences. The first New Jersey Makers Day annual event was held in 2015. I have volunteered each year since the beginning and have provided professional development on multiple occasions for the organization. 

The Children's Museum of
Somerset County

Through educational exhibits and programs, The Children’s Museum of Somerset County inspired every child’s natural curiosity and creativity, and nurtured a love of learning. The museum showcased the talents of young adult scientists and engineers in the county. Though now permanently closed due to COVID, the Children's Museum provided hundreds of families with free STEM programs for young children ages 3-9. I served as Publicity Manager and helped to plan educational activities. The Children's Museum's assets have been donated to the newly formed MOMI (Museum of Makers and Innovators), with whom I am planning new activities.

Maker Faires

From tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers, Maker Faire is where novices and experts of all ages come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’ve learned. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. I started attending Maker Faire over 12 years ago as a volunteer and I continue to do so now. These events provide an opportunity to connect with my community of maker educators, many of whom have also moved on from Make: Magazine. However, we continue to support one another. For example, in April I volunteered at Rochester Museum and Science Center for the total eclipse to support friends from the Make: Community.