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From Astrobiology to Zoology: Igniting Students’ Interests in Science Careers
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, sponsored by Sally Ride Science, took place on April 30, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting were Dr. Karen Flammer, Research Physicist at University of California in San Diego and Senior Vice-President at Sally Ride Science and Julie Miller from Olathe District Schools in Kansas. This web seminar focused on strategies that teachers can use to ignite students’ interests in science careers.

This web seminar was the first of two developed as a follow-up to the Sally Ride Science Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. The presenters shared strategies that teachers can use to engage their students in conversations about science careers. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 6-9.

Twenty-eight (28) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. One participant attended the program from Argentina and another from Puerto Rico. Seminar participants received one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Enjoyed seeing different approaches to identify the qualities of a scientist.”

  • “I enjoyed the chatting on the side while listening to the presenters. We were
    able to hear what the presenters had to say and get instant response from
    our fellow watchers.”

  • “I learned about some of the resources available to teachers that help our students explore careers in science.”

  • “This (NSTA Web Seminar) is the most technological thing I've done on a computer and it was really easy and user friendly.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten in part by Sally Ride Science.