FunWorks: Inspiring Students to Pursue Math and Science Careers!
This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library
(NSDL) took place on Thursday, September 20, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
time. In this program, participants examined research associated with the creation
of the FunWorks digital library, focusing on the need for career education at the
middle school level.
Research shows that middle school age students have a limited perception of work
as well as a narrow view of their capabilities to pursue certain careers. Earlier
exposure to a wider breadth of career options in a context that is meaningful to
students and that challenges pre-conceived notions of self and the world of work,
can lead students to making better choices in coursework and career preparation.
The presenter showcased the NSDL’s FunWorks collection, which consists of science
and math career resources, interactives, and career profiles. The site was developed
with the assistance of middle school student work teams.
Nine (9) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter,
the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the
states of California, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. All
participants received a copy of NSTA’s SciGuide: Properties and Changes of Properties
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "Presenter was very knowledgeable and presented information well. The website
listed will be a valuable addition to my web links page on my teacher website.”
- “It is important that middle school students get a feel for the types of opportunities
they will have for careers.”
- “Presentation of the web site (FunWorks) was very effective.”
- “Helpful to try and motivate students to show them the validity of the subjects
they are learning.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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