This live lesson explores the work of a coral scientist, what a day in the life of a marine researcher is like, and also a chance for students to ask any questions about work and life exploring the wonders of coral. The conversation will also be guided by questions submitted by schools.
Working scientifically and STEM careers
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Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the STEAM activities in the Coral Oceans collection or teach the one-off Coral Live prep lesson.
1. Introduction (5 mins)
Jamie will open the live lesson with a welcome and introduction to Coral Live and the CARMABI research station, as well as giving shout outs to students and schools.
2. My 'wowiest' moment (5 mins)
One of CARMABI’s research scientists will introduce themselves and talk about their wowiest moment exploring underwater.
3. My STEM job (10 mins)
We start by looking at different aspects of being a marine biologist. Students can take notes on the Meet a scientist student sheet. The sections of the student sheet that will be covered in this step are:
How do they do their job? (less able students may wish to note verbs involved in this role)
Exploring (i.e. the focus of their studies)
Passions and skills involved in the role
You may wish to complete the ‘Describe this job’ section during the lesson or use it as a plenary activity after the lesson.
4. My STEM career (10 mins)
This section takes students on the journey that the scientist has followed from childhood to being a professional scientist. Students are encouraged to note the steps in the coloured cycle on the student sheet.
5. Q&A (15 mins)
During this live lesson, we will be using presubmitted and live chat questions to guide the conversation, and we will use this time to cover any questions that we haven’t managed to get to.
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
Nienke van de Loosdrecht
PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
Virginia Sánchez Barranco
PhD Student, NIOZ