Kaleidoscope was founded by Sandra Roberts in September 2011 in Blairstown, NJ to offer high-quality science, engineering and math enrichment to children and adults in the area. At the time, we operated a small center on Main Street, where a majority of our programs were held. In October 2013, we closed the doors of the center, because we had so many requests to take our programs all over NJ, PA and NY. Now Kaleidoscope is mobile, taking great science to schools, libraries, museums, homeschool groups and events throughout the area!
Kaleidoscope’s director and lead educator is Sandra Roberts. Roberts is an NJ certified K-8 teacher with specializations in math and science. She started her professional career as a biochemist, working in a lab for years. But after having children, she discovered the joy of teaching. Roberts has worked in both formal and informal educational settings, dedicating herself to creating fun, accessible, hands-on science education. She was named as a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) New Teacher Fellow, recently presented at NSTA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo, won an Editor’s Choice Award at the 2013 NYC Maker Faire and an Editor’s Choice Best in Show in 2015. Roberts also writes for MAKE on biotechnology and education topics.
In addition to Kaleidoscope’s classes, Roberts volunteers her time bringing fun science activities to dozens of events throughout the area, often for free. You can support those efforts Through our Support a Summer of Science GoFundMe #ThankaTeacher campaign. She also works as a volunteer with The Children’s Museum of Somerset County and as Chair for the Greater Blairstown Business Association.