March in Review


On March 17th SSEC Director, Carol O’Donnell, gave a talk at the STEM MENA conference. 80 attendees attended her presentation, which can be viewed here: Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to Teach Inquiry-based STEM Education in a Post-Pandemic World


World Education Summit

O’Donnell gave a talk on STEM Education for Sustainable Development at the World Education Summit on March 22nd, which brought together leading speakers, schools, and organizations from the national and international education system.  


Earth Optimism TV Indonesia

On March 26th O’Donnell co-presented with Erin Lomax, Education Specialist at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, at the first session of Earth Optimism TV (EOTV) Indonesia. EOTV is a ten-episode series created as a rapid response project to deliver Smithsonian educational content to millions of Indonesian students through American TV during school closures due to COVID-19. 566 viewers tuned into Lomax & O’Donnell’s presentation, which was titled “Talking About Climate Change”.  

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Kate Echevarria
Human Resources Liaison



Kate Echevarria is the Human Resources Liaison for the Smithsonian Science Education Center. She is responsible for handling recruitment, internships, performance management, and all aspects of human resources at the Center. She was previously the Executive Office Manager at SSEC for 10 years. Prior to SSEC, Kate was in human resource management having worked for an international hotel chain, the U.S. Government, and a science non-profit.