Water, Heat, and Wonderful Students! Rosharon "Bring Your Kids to Work Day 2012"
Hi SEED World! Allow me a second to introduce myself.
My name is Carolyn Finley and I am the newest member to the SEED Team. I was a classroom teacher before coming to SEED, working everyday with students of my own. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for science teaching with teachers and students from all over the world. One of the first assignments I was given upon arriving at SEED was to go to a “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” on June 22, 2012 in Rosharon, Texas, USA. This event allowed children of all ages to explore what their parents do for a living, and it hopefully showed many of them just how science impacts the world we live in.
The day was filled with activities for the students to complete, including hands on engineering projects, robotics demonstrations, a mobile offshore learning lab and hands on SEED activities.
Two other SEED Staff members, two SEED volunteers from the Rosharon Campus and I presented the Water Testing SEEDKIT to about 50 students, ages 10-18. We split the student into 9 different groups to ensure that they could all have hands on experiences! The students were engaged from the moment we said “GO!” and despite the 104F temperature outside (Texas summers rock!), we had groups race to the on-site lake to gather water samples. We also had groups test the tap water from a local home, bottled water, and the drinking fountain water (some employees have become concerned about the “taste” of the fountain water). The groups took about 30 minutes to run all of the tests and to come up with their findings.
I have only been away from my own classroom for about a month now, and I was itching to get back to interacting with students and seeing just how much they can amaze us with what they know. The students we had the opportunity to work with blew us away! They all wanted to do science and experiments even though they are on their summer break! We all really enjoyed getting to watch them get wet, test water, and analyze the results. It is amazing how the students dove into a project that they had just received!
Perhaps my favorite part of the day was getting to interact with our two SEED volunteers that helped make the workshop possible. Thank you Auhona Hoq and Harsha Pakhal for giving up part of your day to make a difference! Without Schlumberger employees to help I don’t know what we would have done. They are on the front lines of science every day, putting into action what SEED is all about!
This small scale impact excites me for the larger impact the SEED community can have on science education.
-On a side note: One of the students at the event actually was a student at the school I taught at! She sure did turn my head when she called me Mrs. Finley! What a small world!