EAPS LINK12 - Let's Invest in K-12


EAPS LINK-12 fosters connections between scientists from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary (EAPS) and schools and educational programs in the Boston area. Our scientists apply math, biology, chemistry, and physics to study the natural world, from the rocks beneath our feet, to the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and climate; from distant planets to the origins of life on Earth and beyond.

When a scientist from EAPS visits a classroom, they will share their experience, as well as their unique background and path into science. We promote educational interactions that are meaningful, relevant, and respectful, with the intent of creating long-term collaborations. We’ll share our knowledge, as well as stories of our inspiration, our successes, and our struggles. Our program is designed to fuel students’ natural curiosity, igniting an interest in scientific discovery and scientific careers.

Who can participate

Educators from K-12 programs in the Boston area and EAPS scientists interested in fostering student engagement with science and STEM fields. Our scientist-volunteers can cover all grade level science subjects including math, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. We especially encourage participation from the Boston Public School system and metro area Title 1 schools.


What to expect

After you are matched, teachers and EAPS scientist-volunteers will schedule a meeting to plan a visit and align on goals and expectations for the material presented. Visits will last ~30–60 minutes depending on grade level and the class schedule. EAPS scientist-volunteers will prepare a short demonstration and/or presentation that exhibits an aspect of their research, discuss what it is like to be a scientist, and field questions from the class about both science and scientific career paths. For the 2021-22 academic year, all visits will be virtual.


To connect and learn more:

  • Teachers: Fill out our classroom information request form. LINK-12 organizers will be in touch to learn more about your needs and match you with a scientist volunteer.
  • MIT EAPS scientists: Fill out our volunteer form to be added to our contact list. LINK-12 organizers will be in touch to match you with a classroom based on your availability and expertise.


Protection of minors

LINK-12 operates in accordance with MIT's policies and best practices regarding interactions with minors. EAPS scientist-volunteers will be required to pass a criminal background check if they intend to meet in-person more than twice with the same classroom of students. Communication about the program, classroom visits, and visit follow-up is relegated solely to EAPS scientist-volunteers and teachers; EAPS scientist-volunteers may not contact students directly.

Questions? Email Us! link12-admin@mit.edu

Meet the LINK-12 Organizers


Lexi Jones
(she/her) PhD candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography

Lexi works with Professor Mick Follows researching how ocean currents shape phytoplankton communities and the relationship between the ocean and Earth’s climate.


Foteini Vervelidou
(she/her) Postdoctoral associate in the EAPS Paleomagnetism Lab

Foteini researches the history of Mars and the Moon in Professor Ben Weiss' group by studying lunar samples and meteorites which are billions of years old.


John Biersteker
Postdoctoral associate in the EAPS Paleomagnetism Lab

Working in Professor Ben Weiss’ group, John studies the icy satellites of Jupiter, planet formation, and the early solar system. He is an affiliate of NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter and its moon Europa.


Lily Zhang
(she/her) Undergraduate majoring in EAPS and Physics

Lily is interested in understanding how humans affect and are affected by climate through the land surface. Lily has worked on projects involving hurricanes, seawater CO2, the ozone hole, soil moisture, and more.


Jodie Ream
Research Scientist in the Weiss Group

Jodie specializes in space physics with a focus on spacecraft magnetic fields and in-flight calibration of magnetic field observations. She is currently affiliated with the upcoming NASA Psyche mission to investigate the physical properties and origin of the asteroid (16) Psyche.