Sarah (Crecelius) McCrea

Newport News, VA, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
Earth Science Education and Public Outreach
Science Systems & Applications, Inc.
Job Title or "Student" 
Earth Science Education and Outreach Coordinator
Ohio State University
Atmospheric Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I have been interested in the world around me and the science behind it since elementary school, deciding I was going to be a Tornado Chaser in fourth grade! I jumped at every experience to meet that goal.

Through middle school and high school, I participated in sports, drama class, band, Girls Scouts and choir, but loved science class (meteorology units, oceanography, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.).

My love of science drove me to earn a Bachelors of Science in Atmospheric Science with a minor focus in Natural Resource Management from The Ohio State University. My experiences range across the board from working with chief meteorologists in broadcasting in my native state of Ohio to living in Maryland and aiding CO2 research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Now in Virginia at NASA Langley Research Center, I help develop NASA Earth Science resources and outreach materials, helping to tell the story of NASA science missions and their relevance to mankind. I also lead formal and informal Education and Public Outreach (to include educator professional development and participant trainings), and participant engagement and retention for the CERES S'COOL Project. As a GLOBE and SciGirls Trainer, I have the opportunity to lead teacher workshops focused on atmospheric protocols highlighting Earth science content, STEM engagement strategies, authentic NASA science experiences, and hands-on/classroom ready material/projects. I also take pride in leading the Cross Directorate Forum at NASA Langley, TED-like forums, designed to bring employees together around a hot topic in two-way conversations, identifying needs and connecting solutions. It was once a vision, that has now become four successful events around amazing STEM topics; Employee Engagement and Collaboration, Autonomy, Capture and Manipulation of Non-Cooperative Space Objects, and Distributed Electronic Propulsion (DEP). It is so cool to sit down with the experts and learn about a new topic!

You may not always know the next step to take, but a good guide is to make sure you are doing something that makes you happy and that contributes to society! Enjoy as many experiences as you can, you may find that they apply to something else along your way.
Working outdoors, Pets, Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
SciGirls, Other
Other Program Affiliation 
SSAI/NASA Langley Research Center, AMS, AGU, GLOBE

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