DIYnamics

Affordable materials for geoscience teaching demonstrations

Team


The DIYnamics team is composed of faculty, researchers, and students from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Core Contributors

Spencer Hill

Spencer Hill (Postdoc, UCLA Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
Along with Juan Lora, Spencer is co-leading the overall DIYnamics project. He loves using rotating tanks to teach core science concepts, and his dream is to put a DIYnamics rotating tank kit in every science classroom in the country. Link to Spencer’s webpage

Juan Lora

Juan Lora (Postdoc, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Along with Spencer Hill, Juan is co-leading the overall DIYnamics project. He is interested in using science demos to illustrate abstract physical phenomena in tangible and exciting ways, and to bring the joy of science to non-scientists and students of all backgrounds (and maybe help inspire a few future scientists). Link to Juan’s webpage

Sean Faulk

Sean Faulk (Graduate student, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Sean helped write the lab instructions and organize the first outreach trips for the DIYnamics project. He studies climates on other planets and loves going out to schools to play with rotating tanks and help students learn about planetary atmospheres!

Jonathan Aurnou

Jonathan Aurnou (Professor, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Jonathan considers few things as satisfying as developing inexpensive, portable rotating tables for teaching core geoscience topics. Thus, he is so pleased to be a part of the DIYnamics project. Link to Jon’s webpage

Norris Khoo

Norris Khoo (Undergraduate, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Norris designed the DIY Rotating Tank and wrote its PDF instructions. He created the outreach project website and instructional videos with the help of Spencer Hill.

Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell (Associate Professor, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences and Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
Jonathan has been using rotating tanks for years and helped Juan and Sean get started with them. He also has incorporated the DIYnamics tables into multiple classes he has taught, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Link to Jonathan’s webpage

Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes (Undergraduate, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Raul created the baroclinic eddies video under Juan’s guidance.

Outreach Event Volunteers

Ashley Shoenfeld

Ashley Shoenfeld (Graduate student, UCLA Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)
Ashley is currently studying the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and is a volunteer for the DIYnamics project. She believes outreach is one of the most important aspects of being a scientist, and genuinely loves teaching. She is passionate about science and hope she can impart that passion onto others.

Chloe Whicker Chloe Whicker

Chloe Whicker (Undergraduate, UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability)
Chloe is a UCLA undergraduate majoring in environmental science with a concentration in atmospheric and oceanic science. She is interested in studying climate science and is passionate about increasing access to and retention in STEM fields through interactive and hands on experiences.

Ashna Aggarwal Ashna Aggarwal

Alex Arnold Alex Arnold

Ellen Hoppe Ellen Hoppe

Helen Parish Helen Parish

Katie Tuite Katie Tuite