Whitney Rogers
ScienceCast Coordinator
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
USA

Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi TX. Emphasis in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Health Education

Previous Positions have included: Research Assistant, Outreach Coordinator, Museum Outreach Educator , Planetarium Presenter, AVID Tutor, Emergency Preparedness County Intern, and Science Teacher.

I am currently the Virtual Learning(ScienceCast) Coordinator for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Texas. This position is funded by NEC foundations of America as a two year launch to develop and expand our ScienceCast programming.
We currently outreach nationally, and internationally to students and other organizations that are unable to visit the museum and gain a museum experience. The majority of our audience comes from underserved and rural areas. We try to provide similar museum programming virtually through connecting STEM based field subjects to the classroom. These include bringing in our Museum Educators and Experts to conduct a classroom program, or present on their field of expertise. We also provide Career Cafés that host a field scientist to present on their path to discovery and experience in their STEM field. In the past we have reached well over a thousand of students during a live ScienceCast programming. This is due to the funding from NEC which enables us to keep some programming free. Our latest goal is to produce a webpage where we can include a live conversational feed (similar to twitter) and a interactive box so that students can share pictures/projects and interact with us more fluidly. We are also in the beginning stages of producing our live sessions into videos, and then transfer to a holding site so teachers can continue to reference them in the future. This system will also be portable , which will allow us to grow our program beyond our downtown location.
ScienceCast enables teachers the extra resources valuable to the experience of their students, as well as the encouragement and continuity of pursuing science as a whole. We hope to encourage students to learn, interact and pursue their environment.

"There are still trillions of stars to identify. Millions of diseases to cure. Countless dinosaurs to uncover. Who will seek out these unknowns? We need the Perot Museum of Nature and Science now more than ever to inspire our children to be the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

The Museum reminds us that the universe is grander than ourselves, older than we can fathom, and that the world actually revolves around the sun, and not us. It inspires our community through exhibits, marvels and presentations. It exhilarates and entertains visitors of all ages...because after all, it's never too late to learn." -perotmuseum.org

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson