I have been involved in outreach work in maths, physics and astronomy for over 10 years, though my involvement with youth work stems back further than this. Having volunteered or worked for various organisations and charities over the years, including the Boys Brigade ,STEM ambassadors ,The Ogden Trust ,Tomorrow's Achievers and The University of Liverpool, I have gained the necessary experience and skills required to engage effectively with young people of all ages.
I believe that the importance of getting more young people engaged with physics and astronomy, particularly women, is paramount, and find the experience of working with young people extremely rewarding. These reasons combined have led me to persue a career in astronomy outreach.
For details of my history in working with young people please refer to my CV.
Currently I am funded by the Ogden Trust for some of my time to conduct outreach work aimed at raising the profile of physics, and students aspirations. This means both writing and delivering talks and workshops, mentoring, and attending careers events. For the outreach activities I can offer for your schools or workplaces, please see the Activities section of this website.
In the rest of this section I will outline the previous outreach work I have been involved in.
During my PhD I also held an Ogden Trust Teaching Fellowship, which allowed me to work directly with schools to promote physics to their pupils. Most of my time spent carrying out the fellowship fall into two categories: supporting the University of Liverpool's Physics Outreach Group, and coordinating a School's Science Partnership on the Wirral. The Ogden Trust sponsors Schools Science Partnerships across the UK, groups of schools from a mix of 11-16 and 11-18, state and private, working together to promote physics by sharing resources and coordinating events and trips. Events I personally coordinated for the Wirral Partnership include; research talks (AS and A2), astronomy mornings (Y8 and 9) involving workshops, talks and planetaria trips, and Young Physicist of the Year events (AS). These regional events celebrate talented physics students from schools across the Wirral, Cheshire and into North Wales. For a better idea of the event please refer to this press release.
I am an active STEM ambassor and engage with events coordinated by schools regularly. If you are a teacher and have events planned for which you could use the presence of academics and employers engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics please coordinate with your local STEM coordinator. For the Greater Merseyside region, and Cheshire and Warrington please follow these links: Greater Merseyside and Cheshire.
I have also been a registered masterclass leader for Tomorrow's Achievers. The masterclasses are aimed at exceptionally gifted primary-age children, in the hope that they are intellectually challenged on topics beyond the curriculum, and that they are in an environment where their talents are not for hiding. The masterclasses I devised were centered on space through the potential of travelling to another planet, and the historical values of travelling to the Moon.