As part of our education and outreach initiative, WiSE hosts “Science Cafés” for middle-school-aged girls at their schools. At these “lunch and learn” events, WiSE members speak about their research, their path to CSHL, and what life is like as a scientist. The students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. We have hosted several science cafés for students on Long Island and aim to set up Science Cafés with school districts across New York State, with a focus on targeting underprivileged areas. Every child deserves the chance to become interested in STEM and have opportunities to learn more about careers in science.
Rosyln Middle School
“The first Science Café was hosted at Roslyn Middle School in New York. My audience was a group of 8th grade students and their science teachers. The Science Café was set up in their library and we had a “lunch & learn” seminar. A PowerPoint presentation was prepared to engage the students and included pictures and concepts complementing my talk. I focused on my undergraduate studies, the research I performed during that time, what I am currently working on, as well as, what I am planning to do in the future. This was a great way for the students to understand my career trajectory and the benefits/rewards I have by working in science. I was happy and surprised about how interested the students were and how comfortable they felt asking questions. The students were able to grasp the concepts I was explaining to them and came up with very constructive thoughts and opinions. They could not get enough and wanted to learn more about cancer research. Collectively, I found that the biggest concern of the students was why research institutions use mouse models to recapitulate cancer. They had a hard time understanding the ethical standpoint of using animals for research. However, after clarification and reasoning, they had a better understanding of why. This seminar was so rewarding and fulfilling knowing that I had a positive impact on young minds!”