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Lamberty Helps With Traveling Science Exhibit

Posted by Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014


In addition to conducting independent research while on sabbatical, Kristin Lamberty, associate professor of computer science at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is dedicating time to community outreach. Lamberty recently participated in the travelling science exhibit Discover Tech at the International Falls Public Library. This hands-on program gives children and community members the opportunity to engage with science and technology topics like energy consumption and engineering.

Diane Adams, director of the International Falls Public Library, invited Lamberty to assist with the program. Adams had heard about Lamberty’s expertise from her son Stephen ’12, a Morris computer science alumnus who had done research with her.

“Diane asked if I would be able to help by teaching community members about programming and helping people make a project they could take with them or something that could be the start of a future interest,” says Lamberty.

Earlier this month, Lamberty also worked at the International Falls Public Library with several sixth-grade classes, a high-school engineering class, and other area community members. She maintained ties to the International Falls community by teaching Scratch, an educational programming language with more than four million projects worldwide. In her latest effort, she tried to cultivate creative long-term skill-building and stimulate community interest in STEM topics.

“My involvement lets me introduce computational thinking and programming concepts to children and community members who might otherwise not have the chance to see the amazing things they can do,” she says. “I was able to get people in the community to try making something of their own to share with people all over the world.”

Discover Tech is a program of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and the Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project. It is made possible by the National Science Foundation. More information is available at ala.org.