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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 December 10, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting were Dr. Karen Flammer, Research Physicist at UCSD and Senior Vice-President 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 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 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland, Oregon. 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-one (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. 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:

  • "We are striving to interest kids, especially girls, in science careers. It was good to have more ideas on how to open up discussions with kids.”

  • “I am always looking for ways to inspire my students to enter the science field. This seminar gave me some great ideas.”

  • “I loved the interactive nature and being able to ask so many questions.”

  • “I enjoyed the idea about giving the students choices of careers, tools, where they would like to work in a specific area of interest, etc. The seminar was very interesting.”

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


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