Inspiring the Next Generation

Published in MIT Campus News on Dec 19, 2012 by Camilla Brinkman, Communications Administrator, Office of Experiential Learning

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a big question for children, and knowing of only a few options can limit their future aspirations. The Telling Your Story (TYS) Workshop seeks to change that, offering children the opportunity to hear the life stories of scientists and engineers in their very own classroom. At the very least, it helps them know that scientists and engineers are interesting people with whom they might like to be friends. And some might just get that inspirational spark to pursue a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) career.

At the recent TYS workshop, held in November, 17 fourth through eighth grade teachers met with 20 scientists and engineers for a day of presentations and one-on-one and small group discussions. The scientists and engineers were graduate students from MIT and Harvard University, as well as alumni working in the public and private sector. Scientists and engineers had a chance to practice "telling their story" to teachers, and to make plans for future classroom visits. Teachers shared their curriculum, teaching standards, and their expectations for a visitor.

Jessica Garrett, of the MIT Edgerton Center, has organized the past three workshops...

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