Dr. Kristin Cook, assistant professor of science education in the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education, has been selected as the Kentucky Science Center’s Ambassador for Science Literacy in recognition of her passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and particularly for STEM training for current and future teachers.
The Ambassador of Science Literacy honor is given to individuals whose work and community contributions reflect the mission of the Kentucky Science Center and the science literacy values it represents, said Kim Hunter, the Science Center’s director of education and experience. Ambassadors are people who “show creativity, open-mindedness, critical thinking, a collaborative spirit and a willingness to challenge the status quo,” she said.
The Center cited Dr. Cook’s work with Dr. Sarah Bush in securing a significant two-year grant to help five Jefferson County elementary schools embrace STEAM programs (which add Art to the equation). The Science Center will help with this training. Dr. Cook will be honored at a reception on Jan. 30, 2016, at the Kentucky Science Center.
By Drew Bilodeau