About Sequoia Science Education

Sequoia Science Education is committed to providing high-quality science educational materials to students, teachers, parents and administrators.


Sequoia Science was started in 2012 by Tamara Helfer.  Tamara holds undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics and graduate degrees in astronomy and astrophysics. After many years as a professional research astronomer, she turned her primary focus to science education in 2006.  Since then, she has been developing innovative curriculum for students and teachers.  These include:

  • Hands-on science activities for elementary students
  • Teacher professional development seminars for elementary, middle and high school teachers
  • An interdisciplinary, 3D computer animation class for elementary students
  • A school-wide, onsite lunch food waste composting program that has diverted over 6000 lbs of food waste from the landfill