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Toronto is hosting Science Rendezvous this Sat May 9th. It is a festival of science!!

elephants toothpaste

elephants toothpaste

This is one wonderful way to get kids and older people too, interested in science and to see that scientists are not just lab slaves.
Volunteering at such an event can also help scientists or budding scientists see if an outreach role is for them – do they shine in a teaching/coaching role or does it make them want to slink back to the lab and hide under the lab bench?
showing kids around the lab

showing kids around the lab


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Sometimes by teaching others, you can find what inspires you…

June 25, 2008
LIT offers free high school science technology camp

As a young girl, Vicki Rowlett had three dreams: to grow to 6-foot four-inches tall; play professional football for the NFL; and go to Harvard and teach college. She achieved one of her childhood goals; Rowlett has been teaching at Lamar Institute of Technology for 16 years.

Although she never played for the NFL, or studied at Harvard and only grew to 5-foot 5- inches tall, she always had a passion for teaching.

As a child, she believed, there was nothing she couldn’t achieve. Rowlett, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, is sharing that sentiment with high school boys and girls this summer through a science and technology camp offered at LIT….

SteP, also known as Science and Technology Preview, teaches students what types of jobs are available within the process industry, specifically in the area of operations and instrumentation. Funded by the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology through a National Science Foundation Grant, the camp is free for high school students.

If you are interested in teaching, working at a science summer camp might help you decide if it is the right job for you.

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From: Changing careers, impacting students: Transition to Teaching’s continued success at IU May 9, 2007
The Indiana General assemby mandated a program for universities in 2002 that allow people to become teachers (high school or elementary school) faster than the usual program. Called “Transition to Teaching” or T2T, it is focused on training new grads or people already in another career.

One recent graduate was an industrial chemist:

Jeff Kohne, another new grad, said he always wanted to teach, but could never work out the time or the finances.

When Kohne and his wife moved to Bloomington, he left behind a career as a biochemist at Searle and Pharmacia-Pfizer to begin teaching biology and chemistry. Eleven years out of college, several colleagues questioned why he’d leave a lucrative professional career.

“Sometimes I was making really nice money, but I just wasn’t happy,” Kohne said. “And that comes through in your personal life. You bring that home with you if you’re not happy in your job. This makes me happy.”

He has been able to use his career knowledge to make the classwrok more relevant:

“Chemistry in high school was pretty dry, pretty boring. But I was able in my student teaching to bring in some of the chemistry that I did at Searle, or Pharmacia-Pfizer, all the companies I’ve worked for, and with real-world products like NutraSweet. It just really brought it home for the kids, and they realize there is a connection with their lives with the stuff that they’re learning.”

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