Sara Kobilka

Madison, WI, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
 
Meteorologist
Company 
UW-Madison Institute for Chemical Education
Job Title or "Student" 
Outreach Specialist
Education 
UW-Madison and UM-Columbia
Degree 
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Broadcast Journalism
Education Level 
Bachelors
Profile Biography 
Sara is passionate about communication, education and networking. She has spent years specializing in science communication in TV/radio, education and the non-profit realm, utilizing her training as both a scientist (meteorologist to be specific) and a journalist to bridge the gap between the general public and scientific community. She works with scientists to help them share their research as well as with youth (particular girls) to inspire interest and excitement for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Partnerships have been a huge focus of her work as she connects people and organizations with similar interests. She has been involved with teaching/education in many other realms as well including tutoring and camps on a plethora of topics, ELL training, fitness instruction and broadcast journalism. She enjoys a quasi-Renaissance woman life-style filled with unusual adventures and intriguing people.

Sara currently works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Institute for Chemical Education, co-leading the SCIENCountErs program and summer camps. She is also a national trainer with SciGirls and is a faculty member for the Portal to the Public Program.

Her prior positions include Outreach Presenter and Guided Learning Manager at the Science Center of Iowa, Interim Executive Director of the Iowa Arboretum, Morning/Midday Meteorologist at ABC5 and Reporter/Meteorologist at WXOW and KOMU-TV.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Reading, Travel, Sports, Acting, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
NGCP Collaborative FabFem, Other
Other Program Affiliation 
SciGirls, Portal to the Public
Other Interests 
Networking, video production, graphic design, scrapbooking

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