Last week many Einstein Fellows, scientist assistants and scientists presented at the Reverse Science Fair (RSF) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The event ran from Tuesday thru Thursday. I had a blast; and even though I haven't been out of the classroom for too long, I was craving interaction with students. There were about 45 students from Washington, DC Stuart-Hobson Middle School. The students who came in Thursday, the day I presented, were 8th graders. This Reverse Science Fair was organized by NSF-Division of Environmental Biology. It was arranged as a poster session presentation in which students rotated every 10 min between stations. Students voted on their favorite presentations, I won in the Einstein Fellows division. One group of students commented: “This dude made learning about the Kepler Mission and finding planets Earth’s size or smaller fun, signed the Ghetto Girls.” I told one of the scientists that they should do a RSF more often, perhaps every two months or so to reach more undeserved students from the DC/Arlington area. The RSF increases students’ awareness of research programs and protocols, engages them in hands-on activities related to their scientific investigations, promotes inquiry and makes relevant STEM research for society. The scientists are challenged to communicate their research in an accessible way  while inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.

 


Comments




Leave a Reply