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Expansive Skies /
/ Activist Minds
Tilden Regional Park / June 16-19, 2021
Photos by Kyle Duane Kazimour
From our pale blue dot
Wild Awake's inaugural program, Expansive Skies, Activist Minds, took place in the summer of 2021 at Tilden Regional Park.
With guest facilitators Dr. Sarah Ballard, an astronomer, and Lilian Caylee Wang, a poet, students stargazed together in a park, learned about the potential for life on other planets, and articulated their vision for a more beautiful and just world through poetry.
Student Outcomes Included:
An enduring understanding that there are many ways of knowing and making sense of human life—science, art, philosophy, & ethics—and an appreciation for this intersectional way of understanding our place in the universe.
An introductory ability to express themselves through the medium of poetry
Empathy, joy, and wonder for each other and the natural world
Dr. Sarah Ballard, Ph.D
Sarah is an Professor of Astronomy currently at the University of Florida. She is an observational astronomer studying exoplanets (planets orbiting stars other than the Sun). Sarah was part of a collaborative team that was the first to successfully use the transit-timing variation method to detect exoplanets. This resulted in her team's confirmation of this theoretical search procedure and the discovery of the Kepler-19 planetary system with that technique. She took part in the discovery of four exoplanets in the Kepler spacecraft mission prior to its finding of significant quantities of planets around other stars.
Lilian Caylee Wang
Lillian is a poet whose work has been published in the New York Times, the Bold Italic, McSweeneys and more. She is also a multidisciplinary designer who specializes in simplifying complex concepts and working with large amounts of information. Before working at Stripe, she designed for health and financial benefits at Gusto; created end-to-end product experiences for ConductorOne; advised Northbeam; and more. She spends my time creating in other mediums, including handbag design, sketching, painting, and writing about culture, food, and the intersection of the two.