Making a Science Foundation ElementaryPosted: January 13, 2012
Via NSTA WebNews Digest:
During a keynote speech at a recent Illinois Science Teachers Association conference, National Geographic’s Brady Barr, PhD, choked up as he recalled several elementary school teachers who nurtured his scientific interests and sense of wonder. He claimed to be an average student growing up in middle America, far from the exotic expeditions he would undertake to search for the most unique reptiles in the world. None of his teachers could have predicted he would be the first scientist ever to capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild. Simple things—like being in charge of the second-grade aquarium and studying biodiversity in a classroom rain forest in fifth grade—piqued his interest and inspired him to pursue his dreams and aspirations.