||From Astrobiology to Zoology: Igniting Students’ Interests in Science Careers
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
- “I learned space exploration is going to expand in the future therefore
in this field will be needed.”
- “One of the benchmarks for middle school science in Ohio is to share
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
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.