Our research team works closely with the Pacific Science Center’s Discovery Corps program to develop the badge system.
Zeta Strickland, Discovery Corps and Science Interpretation Programs Manager, has worked at PSC since 1999, initially as a Outreach Education Programs Educator. In addition to teaching lessons and leading assemblies in schools in all 39 counties in Washington, she also created inquiry-based investigations for the geology, astronomy, physics and engineering programs, and trained staff on teaching and science content. In 2009, she was the first Onboard Educator on the Around the Americas sailing expedition. As the onboard educator, she talked with scientists and local populations, and taught ocean health issues to adults and students in the communities along the voyage. She currently manages the onsite education programs, including Discovery Corps.
Josh Kemper, Discovery Corps Supervisor, has been with Pacific Science Center since 2009 and in his current position directly supports Discovery Corps youth in their work. He is in charge of the initial training of new program members as well as their transition from volunteer to paid. Josh was a Diversity Fellow for Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He has a BS in pre-medicine exercise science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and was a part of King County Youth Development Network’s (KCYDN) first Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre.
Portia Riedel, Discovery Corps Supervisor, directly supports Discovery Corps youth participants in their work. This support includes planning and executing Discovery Corps programming that ranges from science content enrichment sessions to program evaluation to teen crisis support. Ms. Riedel has worked with interpretive programs at Pacific Science Center since 2006 and transitioned to a youth-focused role in 2009. She has a BS in Biology from University of Washington, is a 2010 Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Diversity Fellow and won a 2010 DeAnna Banks Beane Fellowship Award for Youth Development.
Bianca Barnes, Discovery Corps Coordinator, is an alumna of the Discovery Corps Program, beginning as a youth volunteer in 2007. She has since stayed at PSC, becoming an educator with the Science Interpretation Program, as well as a lead teacher and Operations Lead for the Camps for Curious Minds program. In her current role as Discovery Corps Coordinator, Bianca assists youth as they move up through the Discovery Corps career ladder. She also continues to be involved with the Science Interpretation Program as a Performance Science Educator, doing planetarium shows and running workshops. Bianca is currently a student at Seattle Central College, where she is in the process of obtaining an A.S. with a biology focus.