Science Education Specialist
Rob Sparks is a Science Education Specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. He earned a B.A. in Physics from Grinnell College and a M.S. in Physics from Michigan State University. He taught high school Physics, Math and Astronomy for 11 years at the Good Hope School (on St. Croix), St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Florida and the Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin. He received the 2001 – 2002 Fermilab Teacher Fellowship and worked with the Experimental Astrophysics Group developing SkyServer for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. At NOAO, he has worked on a variety of programs including Hands-On Optics, Astronomy From the Ground Up, Promoting Inquiry in Science Education (PRISE), Sky Rangers, the Galileoscope, Teaching With Telescopes, dark sky awareness and the Galileo Educator’s Network.
Rob is very interested in wide field astrophotography. He can frequently be found running around Tucson and participating in local road races and performs with Tucson’s improv comedy troupe Not Burnt Out, Just Unscrewed.
Robert Sparks is a Science Education Specialist in the NOAO Office of Education and Public Outreach.