After doing Workshop Model unit planning this summer with +Sam Bennett and working off Cris Tovani's use of a Roundtable event in her classroom, I set a Scientist Roundtable idea as a goal for our 6th graders near the end of 1st quarter. Bounced idea off of Sam and coach +Jamie Neibling and went from there. I work with 3 energetic and FUN/BRILLIANT 6th grade science educators, a.k.a. co-conspirators who also wanted to run with it. I contacted Patty Dailey, Program Director at Science Pioneers, to help us find scientists for this event. She gave me a list of science mentors to contact.
We sent out an invite (created a Smore form) with an embedded google form to about 30 KC scientists on the Science Pioneers science mentor list, and to our 6th grade parents, asking them to give us leads. We had about 12 scientists show up in the morning and 12 in the afternoon, ~3-4 per classroom. (Note to KC area educators: Science Pioneers is working to get the scientist mentor list live and accessible on the web to educators in early 2014, with easy scheduling options! Contact Science Pioneers with any questions.)
Scott Hageman, Paleontologist, Park University
Dr. Greg Claycomb, Chemistry, Park University
Author of A Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies in the Kansas City Region by Betsy Betros (Sep 9, 2008) SHE SIGNED ONE of her books and donated it to us! Shared her love of books and stories.
Gary Engemann, retired; Chemist and teacher; grandpa of another of the kids! Great stories!
|One of the signs the kids created in
a short amount of time!
THANK YOU, local science community of KC, for your time, knowledge, and love of learning! You impacted our kids' minds and hearts today. :)
1. Power of CONVERSATION--the power of stories and the chance for kids to be active participants, talking WITH real scientists and being able to ask them questions when the questions hit 'em in the brain as important and necessary to know!
|Writing her notes, her way.|
2. Power of IDEAS and PEOPLE and EXPRESSION over facts and tests to foster love of learning and lifelong learning--The common goal of both kids AND scientists on Friday was to get smarter and share with each other their knowledge, questions, wonders...and a little piece of themselves, which is most precious.
Result: Amazing day that the kids ENJOYED. Autographs were asked for!! At 3:00 the kids were still going strong and only left due to bell and buses.
Organizations that arrange for scientists to work with kids on a regular basis, gently mentoring and extending a big arm