Would you focus your time on lab experiments? Expound on your own scientific career or field? Plan some activities? Tell us after the jump what it is you think secondary education could most use in its science classes!
You have 80 minutes visiting a high school science class. What do you do?
Tomorrow, I visit high school students to talk about careers in science. The classes are grade 11 Chemistry, grade 11 Earth Science, and grade 10 Science Honours*. What should I tell them?
The lesson will be partly autobiographical as I have a nonlinear career path: I'm in an unusual position of being able to talk about working in academics, industry fieldwork, entertainment and journalism. But I only have my own experiences of working in astrophysics, physics, and geophysics: I know nothing of pursuing a career in biology labwork, or the challenges of getting a job in computer science. What can you tell me? What advice would you give? Do you have an unusual career path using science (give me your stories & photos!)?
How about activities? Any suggestions for pocket-sized stand-alone interactive science lessons I can pull off with minimal materials?
* I'll be in a Canadian classroom: it legitimately has a U.