Dinner With A Scientist
What can I expect at the event?
This is a wonderful evening to join middle school and high school
students for dinner and share a little about your chosen
profession. This is a great opportunity to "spark" a student's
interest in science and leave a lasting impression on a student
who may never have considered science as a vocation/profession!
The scientists role is imperative to make this a successful
event. This is a teacher, student, and scientist event; parents
are not invited. Students benefit from the opportunity to
interact on an individual basis with scientists. The students
ages will range from age 12-18 in grades 6-12.
You are in charge of your table and activities. Students will be
under the supervision of teachers at all times. This is a
professional opportunity for students to interact with scientists;
we have instructed the students to address scientists as "Dr,"
"Mr.," or Ms." unless you specify otherwise.
What should I bring, and how do I facilitate table discussions?
Please bring artifacts, photos, materials, and props that help
describe what you do in a more interactive way. For example, we
have an Entomologist that brings his collection of insects, and
kids love it! The more interactive the activities are, the easier
table discussions are to facilitate.
The students will be provided a list of questions ahead of time;
however, they are not always comfortable asking questions. Please
feel free to informally prompt students by talking about your
influences, experiences, passion for the work you do, or maybe the
path you traveled to get there. You might include the reality of
the job; the highs and lows for example.
Dinner with a Scientist 2017
Lab Tours: 3:45 - 4:50 p.m.
Dinner with a Scientist: 5:05 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 per Team
Location: California State University Stanislaus
Notes: Your team, consisting of a teacher and three students will be
seated with two local scientists. Your team will have an opportunity
to ask the scientists questions and hear about their careers.
Contact: Nancy Williamson, Event Planning Specialist II, (209) 238-1316,
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