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Before Using Meet the Experts

Review the interactive

Students working with Meet the Experts can choose to either listen to the experts respond to individual questions, or hear a number of experts respond to the same question.  Try each method to assess which one would work best with your students and your goals.

These are the questions to which each expert responds:

  1. What made you want to do what you do? (What were the clues that told you to pursue the career you chose?)
  2. How do you use the science and math that you learned in K-12 schooling in your career today?
  3. Explain what you do. 
  4. What are the skills that are necessary for your job?
  5. What kind of processes do you use (tools/techniques) in your career?
  6. How does your job impact my daily life?
  7. How does what you do fit into the larger picture going on in your field?
  8. Why is your work important/important to you?
  9. What’s the most important thing you have discovered in your work?
  10. Who or what inspired you to get into this field?
  11. In your opinion, what is the greatest environmental health challenge we face?  (How did we get into it?  How can we get out of it? Why should we care?)
  12. What advice would you have for kids that want to pursue your career?

Determine how the activity intersects with your curricular goals.

For example, if you are studying the water cycle with your class, you may want to make a list of the speakers who deal with topics related to that topic (such as Elizabeth Haskins’ work with water quality testing) and ask you class to visit those experts, directing them to pay close attention when they talk about their work and how they do it. 

Decide how best to use your computer access with your class.

Do you have access to enough computers for everyone in your class to use them at the same time? If not, you might consider:

Do your computers meet the system requirements for using this site?  If not, consult your school’s technology specialist about the possibility of installing needed software, etc.

Plan your lesson.

Introduce your lesson.