We're a unique collaborative of artists, educators, scientists and engineers all striving to galvanize life-long learning and public engagement. We're also a family organization with 3 generations working to advance our mission for shared discovery. Meet some of our team and key collaborators.
WE THRIVE ON FOSTERING THE LEARNING AND CREATIVITY OF OTHERS!
MONICA & TYLER AIELLO
Artists, Educators & Co-founders
Eurekus is the brain-child of nationally acclaimed artists and educators, Tyler and Monica Aiello. The husband and wife team are celebrated for both their fine art and public practice initiatives that fuse the arts, sciences and communities. Monica is known for her collaborations with NASA scientists which informs her astro-geologically inspired paintings. Tyler is an accomplished builder and engineer and his sculpture draws from the worlds of biology, botany, chemistry and math. The couple spent their careers forging transdisciplinary connections for broader public engagement.
Since 2003, the Aiellos have pioneered innovative art and science initiatives - before STEAM & the Maker Movement were even recognized. They partner with NASA, districts, schools, colleges, libraries and museums nationally and personally work with thousands of learners and leaders each year. They were also early pioneers of Denver's RINO arts district where they owned the award-winning gallery Studio Aiello and community maker facility, the TarFactory. The Aiellos artwork is exhibited and collected internationally and their work has been celebrated in art, science and popular media. In 2015, they were honored at the White House as a US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards Finalist.
www.studioaiello.net / Twitter: @EurekusSTEAM / Facebook: @eurekus
Initiatives igniting educational leaders and learners alike with a focus on real-world applications are Whitney’s passion. Twenty years in schools as a teacher and administrator, followed by nine in an educational research organization designing innovative professional learning experiences anchored by best research practices, Whitney has pressed to the forefront of the emerging STEAM movement.
On behalf of NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), Whitney contributed leadership, program and curricular design, communications and project management to a diversity of multi-year projects. All focused on integrating emerging STEM infused with the arts and humanities, galvanizing educator and learner engagement and empowerment. McREL International lead for NASA Dawn Mission Communications and Outreach, the team was awarded the NASA 2016 Group Achievement Award. Whitney also received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2017 for her role on the Dawn Mission. In collaboration with Eurekus, Whitney designed multi-faceted opportunities for NASA Discovery and New Frontiers Programs’ Communication and Outreach, inviting public engagement in NASA’s stunning STEM enterprises. Whitney grounds the Eurekus team with strategy, professional learning design and delivery.
DR. DAVID GRINSPOON
Astrobiologist, Author & Musician
David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist and prize-winning author, is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His latest book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern, will be published in May 1, 2018. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere. He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions. In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress where he studied the human impact on Earth systems and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of Human Civilization. His papers have been published in Nature, Science, and numerous other journals, and his popular writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. His book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday. Grinspoon has been recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society. He appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts, including as a regular host of StarTalk All Stars. Also a musician, he currently leads House Band of the Universe.
www.funkyscience.net / Twitter: @DrFunkySpoon
M.ED. – Learning and Technology, Instructional Research and Curriculum Design, B.F.A. – Painting
Danny Mey, is an Artist/Educator who has been teaching Art to a diverse population of students for over 22 years. He has worked with “The Community Resources Program” to provide students in schools with minimal or no Art programs an opportunity to experience Art. Danny has also provided after school workshops for Denver Public Schools, and Denver Parks and Recreation. Danny has recently retired after 18 years teaching in the classroom with the “Polaris Program @ Ebert”, Denver Public Schools.
Danny, is excited to begin a collaboration with the Eurekus team in sharing his experience and expertise in teaching Art melded with the dynamic curriculum of the Eurekus Program. Danny brings a rich curriculum designed around state and national Art standards and scaffolded to individualize the developmental level of his students.
Over the course of Danny’s teaching career, he has received a variety of grants and awards including: the “Mile High Teachers Award”, “School of Excellence in the Arts” and the Public Education and Business Coalition “Fund for Teachers Grant”. Danny is a passionate, energetic proponent of the Arts and the Arts importance to growing the whole child.
Business Manager & Editor
Marilyn King is both a senior technologist plus an executive manager, having spent over 40 years in IT, working at every level of technical and managerial functions. Over the years, she engineered system solutions using evolving technologies for organizations spanning a wide range of state and local governments, commercial, academic, scientific, and legal arenas. She managed very large projects from inception through implementation, some with budgets in excess of $400 million dollars. In addition, Marilyn considers client and technical staff mentoring as important as the final technical solution itself. This included teaching senior technical staff in AI programming and design, authoring and presenting technical papers at conferences, and guiding staff in creating cogent and readily understandable online documentation for end users. For Eurekus, Marilyn helps manage project workloads, creates budgets, and edits deliverables to ensure timely and quality outcomes that meet their client needs. She is also the mother of our co-founder, Monica Aiello.
Manager, Engagement & Outreach
Jessie is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. An accomplished visual and teaching artist, she specializes in illustration, 3D-design, ceramics, jewelry and digital media. She's worked in formal and informal STEAM education for many years. Starting at the Art Association of Jackson Hole when she was only14, she taught and managed community and youth programs at the Center for 10 years. She began her partnership with Eurekus during their summer programming in Wyoming in 2011. She then became a lead teacher upon her move to Denver. Jessie now manages our engagement programs - from Adult Maker Events to Expanded Learning initiatives. She's a key figure in Denver Public School's 360 Builders Professional Learning Community - a group dedicated to fostering quality out-of-school-time enrichment. She's also a 3-year partner with YMCA, augmenting their school programs with STEAM and Maker education. Jessie also contributes on the R&D side - helping to develop exciting curricula and projects - with particular expertise in crafting programs for the younger, K-2 learner.
Anise is a Provost Scholar at Mills College in Oakland, California where she is pursuing undergraduate studies in Anthropology and Fine Arts. As the daughter of our co-founders, she has been assisting with workshops and engagement programs nation-wide since she was in the 6th grade. In 2016, Anise became a lead instructor teaching training sessions, classes and summer camps. As a visual arts graduate from Denver School of the Arts, she's is an accomplished artist in her own right and has exhibited in galleries and museums. She's had a life-long interest in public health and volunteered in medical clinics throughout high-school. In 2017, Anise was the recipient of the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Failure Award - a state-wide scholarship competition for change-making students who take risks in their work.
As the son of our co-founders, Quinn has also been assisting with our classes and engagement programs most of his life. He also coined the "Eurekus" name at the age of 12 to symbolize "discovering together." Quinn is a student at Denver School of the Arts where he studied Guitar in middle school and now Stagecraft & Design in high school. Quinn is a brilliant builder and engineer who specializes in metalworking, blacksmithing and woodworking. He also enjoys 3D printing and emerging technology and assists in prototyping many of our Maker programs. Quinn has enjoyed traveling the country to assist at our school residencies, conferences, teacher training workshops and summer camps. He was a student leader at NASA's Impact of Discovery STEAM Experience.
STUDENT INTERNS & ASSISTANTS
And, our work would not be possible without our many amazing student interns and assistants. Starting in middle-school, Eurekus students can work as interns in after school, museum and summer camp programs. Many of them then progress to student assistants during their high-school years. Our student leaders participate in project development, pilot programs and assist with camps, classes and community outreach events. They are a hugely important and impactful part of our work.