Education Coordinator II
National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute
Whether he's showing dinosaur fossils to an auditorium full of second graders, co-leading a webinar with an astrophysicist for hundreds of librarians, or leading an interpretive snowshoe hike through the Rocky Mountains, Brooks is an advocate for informal STEAM education. In his current role at the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), Brooks coordinates the STAR Net Webinar Series and the STEM Activity Clearinghouse - both have which quadrupled in number of viewers/users since Brooks joined the team - and facilitates in-person workshops and coaching calls for library staff nationwide. He supports SSI's Professional Development team and the "STEM in Libraries" movement through the NASA@ My Library, Project BUILD, and Partners for Middle School STEM initiatives and will serve as Senior Personnel for the upcoming 'Enhancing STEAM Equity and Learning Opportunities in Libraries and Their Rural Communities' project (generously funded by the National Science Foundation). Brooks received his B.A. in geology with a minor in anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2012, and began his professional career by leading field trips and designing interactive exhibits for museums and aquariums as well as writing and editing content for science articles.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM CT