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Careers in Science

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Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario

Learning about Careers in Science
In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore career paths related to the Arctic. Students will get to meet several scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Through their explorations students will learn more about educational requirements, job descriptions and opportunities for natural science careers.

Lesson framework and materials:
- This lesson should cover 20 minutes to 1 full class period for grades 9-12.
- Computers with internet access can be used to explore the website expeditionarctic.ca, which follows the scientists' careers in more depth.
- A notebook to write down observations and reflections.
Careers in Science
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Learning Object: Adventures in Science
Jennifer Doubt - Botanist and Curator
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Learning Object: Adventures in Science
Jennifer Doubt in the Arctic
Jennifer Doubt traveled to the Arctic with Students on Ice Expeditions to explore Arctic plants and lichens.
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What is biology?
Jennifer Doubt answers the question "What is biology?"
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What careers exist in botany?
Jennifer Doubt explains what types of careers exist in botany.
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Jennifer Doubt at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Once arriving back from a research trip, Jennifer Doubt explains the methods of preserving plants and adding them to the Canadian Museum of Nature's botany collections.
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Jennifer Doubt in a botany collection
Jennifer Doubt explains the equipment she uses at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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David Gray - Arctic Biologist and Research Associate
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David Gray in the Arctic
David Gray traveled to the Arctic with Students on Ice Expeditions to explore Arctic mammals and birds.
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David Gray at the Canadian Museum of Nature
David Gray explains the methods used when collecting specimens at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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A Career in Biology
David Gray explains why he became a biologist.
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What Education is Needed?
David Gray explains what kind of education is required to become a biologist.
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Paul Hamilton - Phycologist and Senior Research Assistant in Life Sciences
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What are the Life Sciences?
Paul Hamilton explains the Life Sciences.
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What Education is Needed?
Paul Hamilton what kind of education is needed in the Life Sciences.
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Paul Hamilton in the Field
Watch how Paul Hamilton collects samples in the Arctic using scientific equipment.
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Kieran Shepherd - Curator of Palaeobiology
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What is Palaeobiology?
Kieran Shepherd explains what palaeobiology is.
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Kieran Shepherd's Career
Kieran Shepherd explains why he became a palaeobiologist.
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What Education is Needed?
Kieran Shepherd explains what education is needed to become a palaeobiologist.
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Kieran Shepherd Looking for Fossils
Kieran Shepherd was in the Arctic looking for fossils.
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Suggested Activity
Have students choose one of the individuals whose career interests them the most and have them look at the scientists' information to learn more about their chosen career, thinking about the following reflection questions:

- What was their career path?
- What did you learn about this career?
- What aspects of this career did you find most interesting?
- What do you perceive as challenges of this career?
- What would you like to know more about this career?
- How might you get involved in this career?

Then, have a "Cocktail Party": Students walk around the room and introduce themselves to each other as the persona of the person whose career path they studied. They should be able to talk about their name, career, how they got into the career and a few interesting facts about their work.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

- Develop an understanding of the educational requirements for a career in the sciences

- Learn about the various jobs available in the natural sciences.

- Gain knowledge about the opportunities for natural science careers.