Sandy Roberts is the Education Program Manager at Science Friday, where she creates learning resources, content, and experiences to advance STEM equity in all learning environments.
Sandy earned her degree in chemical biology from Stevens Institute of Technology with a minor in literature and certificates in chemical engineering and computer science. After working in both pharmaceutical research and publishing, she transitioned her career to education when she started a family.
Since then, Sandy has taught both formally as a middle school STEM teacher and informally at local libraries, homeschool co-ops, museums, and camps through her business Kaleidoscope Enrichment LLC. She’s also offered Professional Development for educators through Rutgers University, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in STEM and Maker Education.
Sandy has participated in and presented at Maker Faires along the East Coast since 2012 where she has won numerous ribbons for her educational activities. Channeling the Maker Movement into education, she has overseen the development of three makerspaces, written The Big Book of Maker Camp Projects (McGraw-Hill 2019), and served as Maker Camp Community Manager for Make: Magazine. Sandy has also spoken at conferences such as the Make: Education Forum, National Science Teachers Association STEM Conference, and the New Jersey Educational Technology Conference.
When not teaching or writing, Sandy can be found tinkering at home, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with her family—sometimes all three at once. Lately, she’s been playing with origami circuits, relearning micro-python, and trying to perfect a gluten-free sourdough recipe.
AI For STEM Education
Enhance STEM education with resources and discussions that investigate the world of artificial intelligence, chatbots, and machine learning.
Design A Frog
Design a frog species of your own as you learn about the many ways frogs and toads adapt to their environment.
How Young Learners Engaged With Sun Science At Home
A virtual camp with live Q&A and hands-on activities led to nearly 2,700 children learning about the physics of the solar system.
Celebrate Biodiversity for Citizen Science Month
April is Citizen Science Month and Science Friday is an official partner! Join us for crowdsource science projects celebrating biodiversity.
Use Engineering To Design A Solar Space Probe
Get hands-on as you use the engineering design process to build a solar space probe to investigate the Sun.
Use Magnetic Fields To Understand Space Weather
The interaction between the Sun’s solar winds and the Earth’s magnetic fields creates beautiful auroras. Learn why with hands-on experiments.
The Science Of Sunlight And Shadows
Experiment and model the light from the Sun as you explore the science of day and night, the seasons, and shadows.
The Awesome Energy Of The Sun
Experiment with the effects of ultraviolet light as you explore the electromagnetic spectrum from the Sun.
Gravity And Centripetal Force In Our Solar System
Become the Sun as you experiment with the many ways that motion, gravity, inertia, and centripetal force shape our solar system.
Make A Swirling Shaving Cream Sun Model
Join Week 1 of Sun Camp as we model our closest star with this crafty hands-on science activity using shaving cream and food coloring.