Scientists seek to answer questions that nobody knows the answer to. Often, science classrooms solely focus on the information scientists have previously obtained at the expense of teaching students how to use the scientific process. My goal is to introduce students to this process by sharing with them the challenges and rewards of my research. I hope these activities allow students to see science in a new way. Pictured here are some hatchling Red Eared Sliders produced by fertile turtles!.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Back in the Classroom!
Winter break is over and I am back in the classroom. This week I gave the Meredith students a similar talk to the one I gave the students in Chicago in December. With the Science Fair projects due next week, this serves as an example of how to communicate scientific results, and gives students a good idea of the actual work I do. Graduate school is, in essence, a big, continuous science fair! In the picture at right, I am explaining my research to a graduate student from Taiwan who also researched sex ratios in turtles. Conferences and science fairs are great ways to meet other people interested in science.