Skype a Scientist is a program that matches scientists with grade school classrooms all over the country, facilitating science outreach!
Today I got to chat with an amazing class of 4th graders! We talked about how starfish regenerate, how some snails live on land and others in the water, and how much college you need to be a marine biologist.
The students were amazing. And me? I learned that I really need to brush up on my Sponge Bob!
2019's Night at the Museum was DINOSAURS!
Hundreds of children and their parents came through, and were met with a true-to-life "how tall of a dinosaur are you?" poster, a station demonstrating how fossils are made with Play-Doh, a timeline of "living fossils" and when they evolved, and some amazing fish from our collections. Our room was made even more excited with the addition of the Museum Collections, with live bugs and some highly-questionable Cajun-flavored crickets.
As always, talking about science to the general public was a blast!
While at Carmabi Research Station, Kevin and I filmed an interview introducing children to the idea of meiofauna. Ellie Mackay was an inspiring host whose genuine enthusiasm and wonder at our tiny critters made the ordinarily mortifying experience a fun one. That is not to say I plan on ever watching the video, but you can find it here:
Coral Live Interview 2018
Kocot lab tours start out with the lab where we extract DNA but end in the microscope room, and our benchtop SEM. Nothing quite like letting an undergraduate drive an SEM around for fun!