Sarah Koik directs the science education programming for the Haas Center. Through outreach and collaboration with community partners in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Menlo Park, the program engages Stanford students and faculty in project based and inquiry driven science explorations alongside neighborhood youth. The program integrates direct service with extensive training to develop skills and a reflective practice about informal science learning and the broader conversation surrounding educational accessibility and equity.
Prior to joining the Haas Center in the fall of 2014, Sarah worked at the Exploratorium, and has spent the last ten years working in various museums as an educator, designer, and project manager. While at the Exploratorium, she developed and coordinated various scaled programs including After Dark at the original Palace of Fine Arts, then worked on planning committees prototyping, organizing, and then physically moving the museum to its current home at Pier 15. Her last role before leaving was as a project specialist for Global Studios. She oversaw a fleet of traveling exhibitions, managed a refurbishment of 40 exhibits, and coordinated professional development and training at six national and international partner sites. Sarah then worked on the Abu Dhabi Science Center project, where she collated, wrote, and developed science curriculum for 100+ educational programs for the new center being built in Masdar City, United Arab Emirates.
In addition to her career creating spaces for teaching and learning science, Sarah is a founding board member for Project 387, an artist residency located in Mendocino County. She also created and designed The Grandma Museum, a digital archive of gifts from grandmothers to grandchildren. She is a potter, plays the accordion, and recently returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound.