Do you want to be a scientist or see what it's like to be one?
This week, I talk to Darlene Cavalier, the founder of SciStarter, which is a website where ordinary people sign up to help scientists collect data for various research projects. Darlene has recently been named a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. SciStarter has a wide variety of projects to choose from! The biggest challenge would be deciding which ones to participate in. So many projects, so little time...
Also, Chuck Darwin tells us what a Scientist actually does, Jack answers a viewer's question about how many school years it takes to be a Scientist, and Tito gives us a list of characteristics of a good Scientist! Do you have what it takes? Find out on today's show, How to Be a Kid Scientist!
For Parents & Guardians:
In this episode, we learn to help scientists by gathering data for projects that interest us that we can do from home or around our neighborhood. This is a project that kids most ages can participate in with the help or supervision of an adult. It involves a smartphone, computer, or tablet, and possible apps. It teaches observation, group participation, and opens up a conversation about science, how data is gathered, what problems need solving. It also makes kids feel empowered by getting them involved in being part of the solution. This episode features the Weird & Wacky Word of the Week, as well as what it takes to become a Scientist, and what traits a Scientist might have.
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Downloading several apps as we speak,
K.B Carr & Crew