Allow me to introduce to you our niece, Sophia McCall! She is a Scientist. See how she has been inspired to choose this field.
Sophia has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geoscience, a Minor in Environmental Science, and a Minor in Urban Planning and Design. She's little over halfway through her Master’s of Science degree in Physical Science. Her title when working at APAC Kansas City, INC and The Midwest Regional Division was: "Environmental, Health and Safety Professional."
In a interview, we asked her the following questions.
Science experiments and writing down the hypothesis and comparing the results. For example, my
daughter loves it when I do science experiments with her. We will pick an experiment and then I ask her
what she thinks will happen in the experiment. We write down in a notebook what we think the
outcome will be, then we do the experiment and compare the actual results with what we thought
would happen. I think it’s important to do things that are hands on very early. The messier the better! I
think getting a book full of science experiments and reading through each one testing out theories and
ideas is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday exploring the world around us. I’m a scientist and I still do
this. I do it with my daughter and I do it because no matter how much schooling I have had or how old I
get, I always want to learn more—and there is always something more to learn. It’s a lot of fun!
Here are some links to come up with ideas.
When I was young, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I actually started college out as an English major. I liked it but it wasn’t very challenging. I have always been interested in Science. So, to make school more challenging I took an Environmental Science course and I loved it! From that point in college forward, I took every science course I could, biology, chemistry, bio II, physics, anything geology or hydrology I could possibly enroll in—I did. Science was so cool! There was a whole universe that you couldn’t see, that you could see with a microscope—a whole world in a drop of water! It was amazing to me and I wanted to know and see everything! I wanted to know how mountains were made, how oceans were formed, how rain worked and why tornadoes, volcanoes, and earthquakes happened, I wanted to know everything and reading about science seemed like a great place to get some of the big and small questions I was curious about answered. I loved reading, writing, and science so I found a way to combine all of them together. I get to write reports on my scientific studies and research new topics and get paid to do it! I love being a scientist and helping people! Several different writers in science inspired me, but I particularly loved Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”. There is a whole series of books called the “Who was….” series. If you want to learn more about a person who helped to change the world, they have books on scientists like Marie Curie and Rachel Carson they are very fun and informative to read. Here is a great link to look up!
What does writing and reading mean in your work?
Reading and writing are very important to my work on a daily basis. I need to be able to tell people how and why something works the way it does so I can help fix big problems. Reading is equally important to my work. It’s important for me to stay up to date on new methods of investigation in science and technology. This helps to have more knowledge on different topics in science so I can make the best decisions possible.
When I took children out to show them what I do first is teach them about the rock cycle, I show them all the really cool things we use rocks for and how we get the rocks out of the earth (blasting). I talk to them about the science behind how we use chemical reactions to get the rocks out of the earth and how we safely do it. I go out and collect fossils, pyrite (order from a vendor), and calcite then spread it out in gravel at the quarries so the kids who come see how quarries work and can hunt for fossils and learn about rocks hands on—they get to keep what they find which is always fun for them. I give them safety vests and hard hats that they wear while at the quarries and we take a tour in a bus where they can see the big machines at work. They ask questions and we talk about how other items in the environment like water and air help shape the surroundings that we see, we talk about geological time and how important it is to take care of our environment after we get done mining.
What's a good way to get children excited about science?
The children in my experience are super excited about science when I start talking to them about rocks— some of them say they never have really thought about it. Some of them tell me about their rock collections that they have at home. It really depends on the kids—but they all seem to really love the experience. It’s one of the best parts of my work. I get to show kids how cool it is to be a scientist and share what I love so much with them!
Thank you Sophia for visiting with us and sharing your great knowledge.
I hope this has encouraged boys and girls to look into the Science field if this is something they find interesting.
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