This live lesson explores the work of an Arctic scientist, what a day in the life of a polar researcher is like, and also a chance for students to ask any questions about work and life exploring this unique and important environment. The conversation will also be guided by questions submitted by students.
Working scientifically and STEM careers
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This live lesson is based around an interview with a practising polar scientist. It is an opportunity for students to learn more about the similarities and differences between science as studied and science as practised. Classes may wish to look at the Arctic Live preparatory lesson for ages 7-11.
Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your profile.
1. Introduction (5 mins)
Jamie will open the live lesson with a welcome and introduction to Arctic Live and the UK Arctic Research Station, as well as giving shout-outs to students and schools.
2. My wowiest moment (5 mins)
One of the polar research scientists will introduce themselves and talk about their wowiest moment exploring and researching in the polar regions.
3. A ‘typical’ day (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:
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 lesson, we will be using live chat questions to guide the conversation and develop students’ understanding of science in practice and research careers.
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
Prof Steve Schmidt
Microbial ecologist, University of Colorado Boulder
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