Career of the Month: Scientific Illustratorby: Megan Sullivan

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If your students' have an eye for nature's details--such as the way some petals of a flower catch sunlight or how its stem is covered in tiny hairs--then they may be a good candidate for a career in Scientific Illustration. Introduce your high school students to the marvels of this fascinating career and to Lynette R. Cook, a Scientific Illustrator. She shares her experiences and background information with students to help them explore the realm of possibilites within this exciting field.

Grades
  • High
Publication Date
3/1/2005

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Reviews (3)
  • on Tue May 13, 2014 6:23 PM

This interesting article shows how a love of drawing can be combined with science to enter a career as a scientific illustrator. This shows students that two interests can be combined into one job. The article is well written and hearing something in first person is like listening to that person talk which appeals to young adults.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:42 AM

This career is behind all those heart stopping, fear inspiring, and scream factor machines found in today’s amusement parks – The roller coaster. There is so much physics behind these rides. Reading about all the aspects of science that a designer of thrill rides needs to consider might seem boring but considering the product makes it exceedingly interesting. This gentleman started out as an architect but when the economy produced a downturn in his field he responded to an interesting ad in the newspaper. The rest is history. Students will find this article interesting and a great read.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:45 PM

If you like drawing, painting and three dimensional models and you are a very good observer than you might be interested in this combination of a career in both science and art. Reading this article informs us of Lynette’s background and her job description and helps students interested in nature and art to know that there are career choices for them as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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