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Director of Learning Experiences
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
Christi Whitworth is Director of Learning Experiences at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina. She attended Tennessee Technological University and holds degrees in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas. She has worked as a science educator and director at PARI since 2006.
At PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, computer science and citizen science programming. She has successfully managed grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the NSF to provide STEM programming to North Carolina students. She serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project. The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers.