You can be one!
Student educational project of the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative
In keeping with STEM initiatives to promote interest in youth for the sciences, this free project “Super Scientists—You can be one!” is available to Kansas teachers and strives to give students role models with whom they can connect.
Once a month throughout the 2009-2010 school year (nine total), beginning the end of August, a mini-biography/capsule of a current Kansas scientist's work written at a level appropriate for grades 5 on up, will be e-mailed to teachers, ready to be printed off for use in the classroom or put on the bulletin board.
To allow for inspiration to the broadest spectrum of students, scientists featured will be diverse in ethnicity and gender and will be current KANSAS scientists working in Kansas. Each bio has three parts:
- Memory from the scientist’s childhood as to what got him or her interested in science
- Information about what he or she does
- Advice from the scientist to students
Among the scientists' categories are astronomy, geology, aerospace engineering and chemistry. This project connects with Kansas science education standards as scientists talk about such things as the scientific process, properties of matter, motion and forces, technology.
This free project is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas News, an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium, and funded by Space Age Publishing Company.