Erin Bardar specializes in science curriculum development, professional development, and education research, with a focus on the fields of earth and space science. She draws upon her background in physics and astronomy to develop innovative and engaging instructional resources.
Bardar leads the curriculum development efforts for EDC's Oceans of Data Institute Ocean Tracks-College Edition project, which helps undergraduates learn and adopt skills needed to work with Complex, Large-scale, Interactively accessed, Professionally collected (CLIP) data from electronically tagged marine animals, drifting buoys, and Earth-orbiting satellites. (Learn more about CLIP data.) She is also project director and curriculum team lead for the Real World, Real Science project, a NASA-funded collaboration with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) designed to bridge informal and formal learning around climate, weather, and data literacy. Erin has also worked as a consultant on several other instructional design projects, including Foundation Science, Ford PAS, and EDC Earth Science.
A widely published author, Bardar’s articles have appeared in such periodicals as Astronomy Education Review, The Earth Scientist, Journal of Geoscience Education, and Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. She frequently presents her work at national conferences, including Games+Learning+Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Bardar developed the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory, a diagnostic test that supports assessment of college students’ understanding of light and spectroscopy and aids investigation of the effectiveness of instructional interventions in deepening students’ understanding. She holds a U.S. patent for a binocular spectrometer.
Prior to joining EDC, Bardar worked as a freelance education consultant/curriculum developer, contributed to research on how to bridge free-choice games and formal classroom science instruction, and served as a senior curriculum developer for the EarthLabs project.
Bardar received an ScB in Physics from Brown University and was a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) fellow at Boston University, where she earned a PhD in Astronomy.