From designing interactive exhibits to leading snowshoe hikes for children, Brooks has been involved with informal science education in a wide array of settings. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in geology and a minor in anthropology in 2012 and began designing curriculum and teaching for scientific institutions and museums shortly thereafter. Brooks played a large role in the design and development of Georgia Aquarium's "Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone" gallery and served as the geological and paleontological specialist for Fernbank Museum's "WildWoods" exhibit. He also served as the Geology Expert for About.com, writing geoscience articles for the general public.
Brooks moved to Colorado in late 2016 and joined the SSI team in Spring 2017, where he works on various STEM-based educational programs. Outside of his work with SSI, he enjoys trail running and exploring the Rocky Mountains.