Castle's background comes from a variety of areas; biology, acting & directing, education, digital media design, videography, and video production. Stemming from his background, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is at the heart of Castle's study and research interest.
Castle's research interest is STEAM and User-generated Content by and with Kids, to look at different ways of integrating Arts into science learning and communication. Castle wants to develop educational videos with science content that are integrated into a story/narrative (Scientific Storytelling) for children. Based on the Capacity Model, by Shalom Fisch, Castle wants to research and develop a science learning resources for children that are fun. It is important that students have a positive experience and leave with a positive impression of science.
Castle is also curious about other ways to integrate art (fine art, 3D printing, acting, dancing, sculpting, etc) to communicate information and to collaborate with museums to ignite creativity and innovative thinking for young audiences.
Some of Castle's past projects:
- ESCAPE through Art and Science – 2016 NSF Video Showcase (2016) [Associate Producer, Unit 2 Director, Scripting, and Editor]
- Wild Wonders: Ahh?! Real Monsters? (2013) [Producer, Director, Scripting, Videography, and Editor]
- Wild Wonders: Identity Crisis (2011) [Producer, Director, Scripting, Videography, and Editor]
- UCI Researcher and Research Spotlight - Zeba Wunderlich, PhD (2015) [Associate Producer, Scripting, Cinematography, and Editor]
- The Case of Citrus Green (2012) [Producer, Director, Scripting, Videography, and Editor]
- Master of Science in Biological Science and Educational Media Design
- Bachelor of Science with Honors in EEC (Evolution, Ecology, & Conservation) Biology
- Bachelor of Arts in Drama: Performance