Brooks W. Mitchell is an Education Associate with the Space Science Institute, where he has helped lead Professional Development efforts for NASA, NSF, and IMLS-funded projects since 2017. Brooks empowers library staff and other informal educators to better engage their patrons in STEM content through workshops, presentations, papers, and more. He also combines his professional training in geoscience and communication and engagement skills to create patron-facing resources, such as exhibit pieces, interactive activities, online resources, and videos. He is currently the institutional PI for the NASA-funded Eclipse Ambassadors project.
Brooks received his B.A. in geology from the University of Alabama in 2012 and began working with informal learning institutions shortly thereafter. Before joining the Space Science Institute in 2017, he gained informal education experience while working for the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, About.com, and Durango Nature Studies. He received his Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Pennsylvania State University in 2021 and his Masters in GIS in 2022. His Masters capstone research focuses on the effect of public library programming on academic success rates in school districts in the Mountain West region.