Close to 400 workshop presenters are at the front-line of Scientists in School, delivering high-quality hands-on STEM workshops in schools and communities across Ontario and Southern Alberta. Scientist Sophie, who presents Magnet Magic For Little Explorers (Kindergarten), Simply Marvellous Machines (Kindergarten), Sensational Science (Kindergarten), and Backyard Bugs (Kindergarten) in our East Central Ontario region is one of them!
Sophie, who has a background in food science, has been a Scientists in School Presenter since 2002. We caught up with Sophie about what she hopes for the next generation of STEM innovators and builders.
Why is it important to get kids excited about STEM early on?
It’s important because it helps develop a love of science, and plants the seed to grow and learn more. The foundation is critical.
What are your hopes for the next generation’s future?
I hope that the next generation chooses to learn about science and how it applies to anything they’re doing, even if it isn’t in science. The future of our planet depends on the work that scientists do. They help protect us and explore new adventures. Science gives us a future!
What are your favourite memories of being a Scientists in School presenter?
When a child says, “This is the best day ever!” When they speak of their parents as being scientists and are proud of that, and when they say they want to be a scientist. I love when the light bulb forms and they get it. But my favorite thing is when they explain [science concepts] in their own words.
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