“E” is for “Enabling” STEM Learning

Dr. Susan Hoban
Dr. Susan Hoban Dr. Susan Hoban worked with NASA for over two decades, first as a scientist studying comets and the interstellar medium, then as a STEM Educator. Dr. Hoban develops curriculum for professional development of educators for classroom use and informal education venues. Dr. Hoban specializes in integrating hands-on activities with data collection and analysis to develop the habits-of-mind of STEM. Curriculum modules include, but are not limited to rocketry, environmental education, astronomy & astrobiology, computer modeling, STEM music, and robotics for learners of all ages. Susan’s experience brings the excitement of STEM to educators and students alike. Her passion is to provide high-quality STEM learning opportunities to girls and underserved minority students. Susan serves on the STEM Advisory Board for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Dr. Hoban is currently on the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics, an Honors College Fellow and the Associate Director for Academics for the UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology. She is the Principal Investigator on the NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) project.

Catherine Kruchten
Catherine Kruchten Catherine Kruchten is an Instructional Designer at UMBC. Before coming to UMBC, Kruchten was the Informal Educator for the Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she was charged with creating and implementing STEM engagement in out-of-school time programs and supporting informal educator professional development. Prior to her work at the Visitor Center, Catherine completed her M.A.T. in Museum Education at George Washington University and she holds an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT, where she earned her teaching license for secondary level mathematics before bridging her experiences to informal education. She has developed educational programming and evaluation for several museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the International Spy Museum. Catherine is currently pursuing her doctorate in Informal Education at Johns Hopkins University.

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