We’re excited to announce that Rosalynn Sarvi, a Community Programs Coordinator at the Lawrence Hall of Science, will be joining our BEETLES team part-time! She’ll be working with us on communications, so you might connect with her in the future over email and on our online networks.
BEETLES: Tell us a bit about your roles at the Lawrence.
Rosalynn: As our Community Programs Coordinator, when we are open, I help coordinate our special events, including Sunday Fundays, where we bring in partner organizations focused around a theme and offer activities and connect with the partner organizations. I help develop some of our guided programs on the museum floor and exhibit space, including an early childhood story program. There’s a new book each week and we look for books that are inclusive and focus on different topics in science. I also work in our Animal Discovery Room, train educators on how to give a presentation while holding a live animal.
BEETLES: What are some of the life experiences and knowledge that inform your work at the Lawrence?
Rosalynn: My background is in wildlife biology, so I’m always excited about our programs that focus on nature and animals. After graduating from college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and I thought about being a veterinarian, then I got hired at the Lawrence to be an educator for School Programs. I realized that I really liked informal education, and I’ve been here for 3 years now.
BEETLES: What excites you about working with BEETLES?
Rosalynn: I really like outdoor education. It’s something I’d thought about getting into for a while and my path steered in a different direction, so I’m excited to get back to it through BEETLES!
BEETLES: What are some of the strengths and assets you bring to the team?
Rosalynn: I’m a great collaborator. I like working with people and giving people space to share their ideas and bounce ideas off one another. So I work well in a team dynamic, and I like bringing out different people’s strengths. If I’m leading something I try to bring others’ strengths to the forefront so they feel welcomed and valued.
BEETLES: In your opinion, why are science and environmental literacy important?
Rosalynn: They teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and in today’s world, with climate change, we need a lot of problem solvers and critical thinkers. Not only is it timely, it’s something you can apply to many different topics.
BEETLES: If you were a kind of kitchen tool, what would you be, and why?
Rosalynn: Maybe a standing mixer, like to make cakes. They’re fun to use!