Dr. Gilbertson is building a podcast library that are feely available to the public on topics related to environmental issues and engineered water systems. One day, she hopes to host a podcast that answers questions generated by the public, similar to WESA's Good Question Series.
To begin this venture, students in her classes are identifying a topic of interest and then professionals and experts to interview. From the interviews, students create an engaging podcast episode. Below are some examples from her students in CEE 1504 Spring 2021.
Science and Engineering Education Activities in our Community
The Gilbertson group participates in the Carnegie Science Center's SciTech Days, an event for middle and high school students. They developed a new module on the global antimicrobial challenge entitled, The Resistance: Fighting Disease with NanoTech. The module provides information about antimicrobial resistance as well as engage students in decision-making processes.
Due to the large file size, please email me if you would like the materials to adopt this module!
Dr. Gilbertson with Sam Beard, President and Co-Founder of the Jefferson Awards Foundation.
Dr. Gilbertson is dedicated to making science and engineering fun, challenging, and accessible to students and educators. In 2015, she was honored for her efforts with students in New Haven public schools by being awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Below are some examples of Dr. Gilbertson's involvement with education and outreach.
High School Chemistry Teacher
Prior to starting her PhD, Dr. Gilbertson was a science teacher. As a teaching fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland, she assisted with the secondary school chemistry courses and primary school sciences. When she returned to the U.S., Dr. Gilbertson taught chemistry and AP chemistry at a boarding school. In addition to engaging students in the classroom, she enjoyed coaching and off campus excursions with the students.
Engineering Outreach for New Haven Middle School Students
It wasn't long after Dr. Gilbertson returned to school to pursue her graduate degree that she felt the longing to return to the classroom. She volunteered in local elementary and middle schools assisting students in the development of science fair projects and with a history teacher at the engineering and science magnet school to help blend STEM and history learning objectives. As an advanced graduate leadership (AGLP) fellow in Yale's SEAS, Dr. Gilbertson served as the organizer for the annual Pathways to Engineering. The event brought aspiring middle school scientists and engineers to the engineering school for a day filled with adventures in engineering.