Lilly, Eva

Eva Lilly is a Near-Earth Object (NEO) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy University of Hawaii. Her research interests include the origin, evolution, and dynamical relationship of small bodies in the solar system, especially potential targets for space missions. Eva is interested in gaining experience with new teaching methods and hopes that her participation in the PDP program will help her design interesting classes, and to encourage more children from a variety of backgrounds to choose a career in STEM fields.




Teaching Activity Summary

Name of Teaching Activity: Measuring the temperature of stars

Teaching Venue & Date: Institute for Astronomy REU PREP, May 25-26, 2017

Learners:10 REU + 4 UH undergrads + 2 others (grad student and IT staff who wanted to participate).

Reflection on how learners engaged with a STEM practice during the inquiry:

All our students but one scored very well on the practice goal in CAT an were mostly able to filter out the data they needed. Overall this was a great success.

For example the two undergraduate students who had no previous research or coding experience and had never worked with a database before were able to successfully use flags to get rid of the unwanted data and select the right filters and data cutout needed for completing their investigation. They were both very excited and expressed interest in learning more about coding and data mining.

One student, also with no previous knowledge really struggled and only with a extensive facilitation was able to somewhat select the data. It took her a while and she was not able to finish the investigation. However, we talked to her a lot and ensured she understands the growth mindset concept and that everything is a long learning process, which she can eventually master if she wants to.