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RICE Web Adventures: Cool Science Careers

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://webadventures.rice.edu/stu/index.html

Website Example: http://webadventures.rice.edu/stu/Games/Cool-Science-Careers/

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

This site encourages students to consider careers in science. There are five activities that students can use to explore a career as an epidemiologist, neuropsychologist, toxicologist, neurobiologist, or neuroradiologist.

Preparation

  1. Review the site before introducing it to students.
  2. Ensure that your lab computers have a current version of Adobe Flash Player on them as the site makes heavy use of Flash.
  3. When you are in the activity called Cool Science Careers, you will see a link to For Educators. There you will find student worksheets that contain scavenger-hunt type questions which can be answered by students while completing the career simulations found under Imagine Yourself. You may want to print these out for students to use.

How-To

  1. Introduce the five possible careers to the students - epidemiologist, neuropsychologist, toxicologist, neurobiologist, and neuroradiologist.
  2. Demonstrate the site, if necessary, and allow students to explore the various options.
  3. Poll students regarding their career choice, and place results in a spreadsheet in order to generate a bar graph.
  4. Discuss the popular and unpopular choices. Encourage students to talk about why they made their personal choice. Discuss what their fears or concerns are about science careers.

Teacher Tips

  • This activity is best taught in a computer lab with Internet access, where students can work individually or in pairs.

More Ways

  • Students may want to contact and interview a practicing professional in their chosen field. Perhaps you can get a scientist to come to your class.

Select subjects and subcategories

Electives

  • Career Exploration

Science

  • General Science
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.