Scientists broaden our understanding of the natural world everyday. However, another role of scientists that is too often forgotten or overlooked, is to educate others. Below are some of the programs and activities I have done in order to fulfill that role.
As a Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University, I had the opportunity to teach two courses: the R User Group from 2015-2016, a group that teaches core principles of R to new users and a course entitled “Insects and People” in the Fall of 2016. “Insects and People” focused on core principles of insect biology, physiology, evolution, and the interactions with insects and people. These interactions included how insects currently affect, and have affected, agriculture, history, faith, and pop culture.
GK-12 Science Outreach Educator
From 2012-2014, I taught science classes in inner-city Philadelphia as a GK-12 Teaching Fellow in a program, Geokids LINKS. The program is a collaboration between GK-12, Saint Joseph’s University, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia that teaches science enrichment classes to grade school students enrolled in Philadelphia’s public school system.
SNAP or Science, Nature, and Art in Philadelphia is a program, stemming from the Wagner Free Institute of Science, for 6th through 8th graders than focuses on preparing students for science and mathematics courses in high school. As a SNAP educator from 2012-2014, I taught a number of science and mathematics courses in Philadelphia public schools to instill the importance of STEM and encourage students to pursue STEM career paths.
The Philadelphia Summer Bridge Program was a series of courses I co-taught as a Noyce Intern over the summer of 2010 to Philadelphia public school students on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It was a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, and the Philadelphia School District that focused on preparing public school students, transitioning from grade school to high school, in the sciences and mathematics.
Featured Columnist – “Practical Science with Phil Freda”
Below are science articles that I wrote between 2012 and 2013 as featured columnist for Patch.com’s Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania site. Patch.com is a hyper-local online new source. Click on the links below and have a read. Please feel free to comment below.
They can also be found online at https://patch.com/users/philip-freda
13.) The Secrets of DNA
20.) Why Do We Sleep?
36.) A Cure for Leukemia?
42.) Autumn ‘Leaves’
45.) The Science of Snow
Practical Science Videos:
The Incredible, Edible, Floating Egg!
Practical Science Profiles: The Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT)