Sally Ride Science logo 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 November 1, 2007, 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 Brenda Wilson, Vice President of Content and Out-of-School Programs at Sally Ride Science. This web seminar focused on how teachers can ignite students’ interests in four science careers: environmental sciences, space sciences, health sciences, and Earth sciences.

This web seminar was the second of two related to the Sally Ride Science Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Detroit, Michigan. The presenters shared strategies teachers can use to engage their students in conversations about four specific science careers. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 6-9.

Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. 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 truly enjoy the interactive format. Also, I love being at home to get
    professional development!”

  • “I learned space exploration is going to expand in the future therefore
    scientists in this field will be needed.”

  • “One of the benchmarks for middle school science in Ohio is to share
    information encouraging students to explore science careers. The
    presentation gave info about 4 interesting people in different scientific
    careers, providing a bit of info about their stories as well as a website to
    get more info. The books discussed look as though they will meet dual
    needs of both science and literacy.”

  • “Really liked the format of career questions. This will be very easy to use
    in classes.”

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


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