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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 May 20, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting were Brenda Wilson, Vice-President for Content and Out-of-School Programs at Sally Ride Science and Julie Miller from Olathe District Schools in Kansas. This web seminar focused on four science fields and a number of strategies that teachers can use to ignite students’ interests in them.

This web seminar was the second 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 talked about four science fields: space sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, and health sciences and shared strategies that teachers can use to engage their students in conversations about them. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 6-9.

Thirty-two (32) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. 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:

  • "I learned more about the Sally Ride Science website and got some great
    ideas about implementing science careers next year!”

  • “I liked the profiles of real people in scientific careers.”

  • “The web seminars are a terrific way to be educated, especially since you
    are able to attend from home.”

  • “These (Web Seminars) are very relevant and can be used in any
    science classroom.”

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.