Our research team works closely with the Pacific Science Center’s Discovery Corps program to develop the badge system.
Portia Riedel, Discovery Corps Program Manager, 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.
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.
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.
Dani Lang, Discovery Corps Coordinator, began her work with Pacific Science Center as an Interpretive Science Educator, facilitating guest interactions with museum exhibits and activities. As a Discovery Corps Coordinator, she provides direct support to youth in their day to day learning, beginning with their very first days of Initial Training. Dani also curates youth content for Discovery Corps’s monthly newsletter, oversees youth tutoring time with adult science educators, and recently began a Girls Who Code club for DC youth. Dani received her BS in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Central Florida in 2013. She moved to Seattle from Florida to serve an AmeriCorps term with the YMCA Earth Service Corps, focusing on teen leadership development through environmental education and service.