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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 January 8, 2009, 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 strategies that teachers can use to integrate the topic of science careers into classroom lessons.

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 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland, Oregon. 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.

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 Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. One participant attended the program from Turkey. 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:

  • "Good presentation with good documents for use."

  • "I found the seminar very valuable and interesting. I learned about the Sally Ride Science web site and the forms available for surveying students."

  • "I enjoyed learning about the perceptions people have about scientists, how important it is to know yourself and figure out what career fits you best."

  • "My students always ask "why do we have to learn this?" This Web Seminar helps them realize that science is incorporated in all sorts of careers."

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


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