One of the most fullfilling and rewarding things about being a Ph.D student in astronomy has been doing outreach activities for the general public. I am one of the co-founders of the UF Astronomy Outreach Team and an Astronomy Ambassador trained and authorized by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP).
starry night

Starry Night

Starry Night is the largest public outreach event we host every year in November at the Florida Museum of Natural History, attracting 2000-3000 people. The activities we conduct include portable planetarium shows, a 3D AstroWall visualization, crater making, Cosmic Tunnel, telescopes outside, ask an Astronomer etc.
Right: Me introducing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse to the visitors

starry night

Campus Teaching Observatory

The Campus Teaching Observatory at UF is open to the public every Friday night. We help visitors use the telescopes to observe astronomial objects available in the sky. I also participate in conducting hands-on activities for the visitors during special events such as Mercury Transit. Left: Pocket Solar System; Middle: Mercury Transit Event; Right: the Moon taken with my iphone aligned with a telescope's eye piece.

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WiSE Girlz Camp and Teachers Training Workshop

WiSE girls camp

The Camp is aiming at girls from public schools who are interested in STEM disciplines but would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet scientists and do hands-on experiments. The Teachers Training Workshop is aiming at diagnosing elementary/middle school teachers' understanding of basic astronomy via hands-on activities. Left: Me conducting Modeling Moon Phases; Right: Me demonstrating emission lines from gas tubes dispersed by diffraction grating glasses

teachers training workshop