Niki is the Outreach Coordinator for SciGirls, working to disseminate SciGirls episodes and educational resources across the nation. She provides specialized administrative and technical support while building and maintaining relationships with partnering organizations associated with SciGirls outreach initiatives.
Kyle coordinates the various groups and personnel that come together in video production to make the SciGirls television show. Prior to joining tpt, Kyle worked as a Story Department Administrator with Paramount Pictures.
Science and Outreach Specialist
Sarah is responsible for working with the production and outreach teams to create and disseminate SciGirls episodes and educational resources. Sarah works with the production team to generate story ideas and develop science outlines for each episode, as well as plan and consult with mentors before and during shooting to ensure accurate content. She collaborates with the interactive producer to create educational resources for parents and teachers based on episode content. In addition to representing SciGirls at local and national science and education conferences, Sarah also supports organizations around the country who are implementing SciGirls programs through monthly conference calls, quarterly newsletters, supplying SciGirls educational materials, and helping to curate a social networking site. Prior to joining the SciGirls team Sarah was a Professional Development Specialist and Librarian at Science House: A Resource Center for Educators located within the Science Museum of Minnesota. Her duties included facilitating professional development workshops, creating content for workshops, and institutes, and managing the Science House Library collection. Sarah has also been a 5th and 6th grade teacher in public schools and has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.
Joan is responsible for developing the website for girls ages 8-13 and educational resources for parents and teachers. She collaborates with interactive and game development firms and PBS Kids Interactive to place SciGirls on pbskids.org. Prior to this project, Joan produced DragonflyTV’s educational campaigns and materials for children, educators, and parents. Before joining tpt, Joan worked in online educational publishing at PLATO Learning and the Learning Company, developing interactive reading, math, and social studies content and games for the K-12 market. She’s authored numerous nonfiction children’s books on subjects as varied as figure skating, carpentry, and CSI science, publishing under the pen name Esther Beck. Joan is currently finishing her studies at the University of Minnesota in the Learning Technologies M.Ed. program. She is a Girl Scout leader and Lego League coach.
|Rita Korin Karl
Director of STEM Outreach and Education
An accomplished leader of high-profile science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives in the U.S. and overseas, Rita Karl served as the Director of Education at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education managing the design, implementation and assessment of formal and informal STEM education and outreach programs for an international network of learning centers in four countries located in schools, universities and museums. Prior to her work at Challenger Center, Ms. Karl was Director of the USAID project, Educational Technology in Schools, training over 2,500 educators and school administrators in inquiry-based teaching and learning using technology, impacting over 25,000 students across Egypt. The program won the “Best Project in USAID” award in 2004. At the NASA Johnson Space Center, Ms. Karl designed and led the NASA-award winning Aerospace Scholars program, now in its twelfth year, encouraging gifted students, young women and minorities to consider careers in professional STEM fields by mentoring them with working engineers. Previous positions include Education Manager at Universities Space Research Association, Project Manager for Education at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Director of the NASA Discovery Museum at Moody Gardens in Texas. A former elementary educator, Ms. Karl holds a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Directing.