Obtaining real gains in science achievement and child health requires the expertise of many partners. Seattle Children's is proud to join classroom teachers and fellow community partners united in the belief that high-quality education can help advance child health and inspire children to choose future careers in the health sciences.

The Science Adventure Lab team forges vital partnerships with teachers to enhance and augment science and health instruction at schools throughout Washington. By supplementing their classroom curriculum with a Science Adventure Lab visit, teachers help expose their students to fun investigations that use real research equipment often unavailable in school science labs.

Plus, students are given access to the expertise of a team of instructors with real-world experience as research scientists. The Science Adventure Lab team is led by PhD-level instructors who have extensive scientific knowledge in areas such as microbiology and neuroscience, as well as a passion for teaching. The team also includes master's-trained educational specialists who help develop the Science Adventure Lab curriculum, assessment activities and program evaluation tools.

Amanda Jones, PhD


Dr. Amanda JonesDr. Jones received a bachelor's degree in science and a PhD in microbiology and infectious disease from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed postdoctoral fellowship training in pediatric infectious disease at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics from 2002 to 2008 and held adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Pathobiology and Global Health. Jones co-developed the centralized educational curriculum for the Department of Pediatrics' Fellow's College and served as the co-director from 2003 to 2008.

She has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Washington and mentored undergraduate students, graduate students and fellows. In 2006, she was awarded the Pathobiology Department Teaching Award by the University of Washington School of Public Health. She is the author of numerous papers on the subject of infectious diseases. Jones is director of the Science Education Department at Seattle Children's.

Becky Howsmon, PhD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Becky HowsmonDr. Howsmon received her bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington. She worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for two years before moving to California for graduate school. She received her PhD in infectious diseases and immunity from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was awarded the Beattie Award for excellence in research in the laboratory sciences.

Howsmon taught microbiology and molecular immunology at UC Berkeley and has volunteered as a tutor for various programs that serve underrepresented youth. She began working at Seattle Children's Research Institute in 2010 studying autoimmune diseases. She is currently a senior scientist with the Science Education Department.