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M. Claire Thoma
Museum educator with a particular passion for astronomy, dedicated to increasing science literacy and inspiring lifelong learning at any age through programming, partnerships, and evaluation.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Design and implement evaluation plans for programs and grant-funded activities.
Report on evaluation findings to both internal and external audiences.
NASA Grant Fellow
Communicated information between staff and partners and provided administrative support for NASA grant, including timeline and budget tracking.
Designed, implemented, and analyzed national pilot study of new curriculum.
Wrote 4 Visit Guides, planned 1 Educator Night, developed website for aeronautics program, and facilitated field trip programs for grades K-7.
Museum of the Rockies
May 2011-August 2011
Astronomy Education Intern
Developed 6 Educator Guides for planetarium shows that connect content to state standards.
Facilitated 10 solar and 7 nighttime observing outreaches in collaboration with volunteers.
Assisted with planning and facilitation of 4 camps for students in grades 1-5, including development of a 5-part presentation on NASA missions for Space Camp.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
August 2010-May 2011
Acted as a knowledgeable staff presence in galleries and on the grounds.
Guaranteed the safety of museum visitors and property.
Field Museum of Natural History
May 2009-August 2009
Traveling Exhibitions Intern
Supported the department through administrative tasks, including database management.
Rewrote marketing materials for 4 traveling exhibitions.
Made contact with and interviewed local jeweler for an upcoming exhibition.
Curecanti National Recreation Area and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
May 2008-August 2008
Student Conservation Association-Americorps Junior Ranger Ambassador
Developed astronomy-focused Junior Ranger activity booklet for visitors aged 5-12 (booklet is now available for visitors to Southwestern National Parks).
Wrote and presented 1-hour multi-media program on astronomy for park visitors.
Facilitated solar and nighttime observing for park visitors.
Astronomy Department, Wellesley College
September 2007-May 2010
Delivered weekly supplemental instruction in astronomical concepts and problem-solving methods to students in introductory laboratory courses.
Assist with delivery of weekly introductory laboratory sessions.
Little Rock, AR
May 2006-August 2011 (on call)
Taught safe food preparation skills and encouraged healthy eating habits for kids ages 6-16.
Little Rock, AR
August 2004-May 2006
Redesigned system for archiving completed work and trained staff on the process.
Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis
MA, Museum Studies
BA, Astronomy and French
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Volunteer of the Month, Children's Museum of Indianapolis (May 2011).
Indiana Intern of the Year (finalist) (February 2012).
Outstanding Graduate Museum Studies Student, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (April 2012).
President, IUPUI Museum Studies Club, (August 2011-May 2012).
President, Wellesley College Choir, (January 2010-May 2010).
Business Manager, Wellesley College Choir, (May 2009-May 2010).
President, ASTRO Club (Wellesley College), (August 2009-May 2010).
American Association of Museums, member since January 2012
Visitor Studies Association, member since 2012
Audience evaluation, educational product development
High proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading French
High proficiency in operating tracking and non-tracking telescopes
High proficiency in Microsoft Suite and Prezi
Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro
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