Off to a great start!

Allow us to introduce ourselves…

Yesterday your child began an exciting science program in their classroom offered by Science from Scientists. SfS is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that strives to improve science and technology attitudes and aptitudes. We send real scientists into the classroom during school every other week to teach exciting, fun, and curriculum-relevant science lessons. We will be visiting your child’s classroom every other week throughout the school year. We will bring engaging, informative, and stimulating hands-on lessons with us to supplement the school’s science curriculum.

My name is Dr. Catherine Sukow.  My co-teacher, Ms. Jody Foster, and I are excited to be your child’s scientists this year.  I’m a structural biologist & electron microscopist, so I am a big fan of taking a very close look at the world around us — and I enjoy encouraging kids to do the same, with whatever tools are at their disposal.  Ms. Foster is a genetic counselor.  Her work in this field entails communicating scientific information to both patients and physicians, and she is enthusiastic about communicating scientific information & ideas in the classroom as well!

For our first class, we went over some basic safety guidelines, and then gave the students a puzzle which was an analogy for the process of “doing science”.  Ask your child about what it’s like to have to modify your hypothesis about how “data” fits together, when a new piece of information is discovered! 

 

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Please check the Classroom Post on our website regularly to read about the science activities that your child is participating in and to view photos from your child’s classroom.

Keep in Touch with Science From Scientists!
How to view your child’s Classroom Post:
1. Visit our website at: https://www.sciencefromscientists.org/for-families
2. Click on the link for See inside the classroom.
3. Select your school/grade from the list.
4. Enter the password: SFS2015
. Submit the form then save a bookmark to skip these steps next time!

 

Author

Dr. Catherine Sukow

Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

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