What Our Interns Are Saying...
"My most memorable moment this summer was getting to field test a lesson I had helped to create, and getting to teach it myself! It was amazing to be super involved with the process of creating a whole new lesson to fit in with standards and other activities and get to see how much a group of students enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to teach the lesson as well as critically thinking about what worked and what needed changes before publishing." -Melanie Snier
"Another amazing moment happened during the Earth’s History SSEAT. We went to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while we were there, we got to sit and watch the Science on the Sphere. This was just a great session where everyone was involved and enjoying the speakers and the great content they were sharing. It was a great culmination of the data and science the teachers had been working on during the week. Frank Niepold was a great speaker and really engaged the teachers. He talked about the importance of why science education matters and the role teachers and their students play in the future. Not only were the teachers really encouraged, but also so was I." -Allie Jimenez-Martinez
"Helping at the 2018 Energy SSEAT. Especially on the third day when I was sent to Natural History Museum to bring presenters to the Rose Room. I felt like I was acting independently and was really being helpful. Taking participants behind the scenes and realizing over and over how cool it was that I was in the back rooms of the museums I had gone to my whole life. The whole week was great, if exhausting!" -Camryn Phillips
"The most memorable moment of my internship was sitting in on Lesson Jams. I really enjoyed learning about the resources and activities the SSEC is creating for teachers. I thought the time was a great example of collaboration. Eva used Lesson Jam to practice the global climate simulation that would be used during the Biodiversity SSEAT. It was a great opportunity to learn about curriculum. In addition to getting useful feedback and creating discussion, the Lesson Jam became an opportunity to see how the simulation could be used in the classroom as a resource for teachers as well as a way to discuss climate change and how it affects our environment. I thought the simulation's use of graphs and change over time was something students could learn from and visualize. By running the simulation with teachers during the Biodiversity SSEAT, they get to experience it first-hand and apply it to their teaching skills." -Katherine Hoskins
"I was able to see the development of one curriculum from mid-point to the end and then see the development of another curriculum beginning with conception. Now I know what it takes to start and complete science curriculum from science education experts. I've also had the opportunity to visit more SI museums, facilities, and events as an intern than I would have on my own, including behind the scenes and the Smithsonian Attic. These are all memorable experiences I will cherish for years to come. The best part of each of these experiences is that I was able to put my public health background to work in a science education center." -Francine Baker