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Michael commented on Do Role Models Matter?

One of our Biology teachers years back introduced an idea that seems to at least remotely fit with this.  We have been doing it for about 10 years now (I think).  We call it "Breakfast with a Scientist".  We reach out to local residents that are in science related fields:  From the obvious, like doctors and vets to Crime Scene investigators and Cellular Network engineers and even scientific patent lawyers.  The point is we try to expand our students understanding of what a scientist is.  Those individuals all come in on the same morning during our first set and talk about what they do to high school students and everyone gets breakfast (donated by our school lunch service).  The students do a very short application explaining why they want to attend and what their top three choices are and we assign them a scientist to listen to based on their preferences.  It has a been a great success.