060 – Going to Mars with Sarah Marcotte

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In This Episode

Must you be technically inclined to have a career in science and engineering?  Can something as simple as a Dragon Fly change the course of a person’s career?  How soon is NASA planning to have astronauts on Mars?  Join us today for a fascinating discussion about science and technology from the perspective of a science communicator.

This is the podcast where we discuss curiosity and innovation for teenagers.  I can’t wait to introduce you to Sarah!  Today she and I will be discussing the path we take to our ultimate career.  Often when students finish college to enter the work force, there is a bit of a haze as they begin choosing where they will work.  This confusion is normal if they’ve never taken the time to actually understand themselves.

Now, I’m not here to suggest that teens cannot become deeply self-aware.  I’m just pointing out that education is often not concerned with helping students learn about themselves but rather with understanding the world around them.  As a result, the path to a career is often circuitous after college.

I believe that more exposure to the career world and more reflection are the key to having an earlier revelation of one’s loves and passions as it regards a choice of careers.  In fact starting in January, I will be leading an exclusive, charter group of teens through this process to jumpstart their career exploration early!  If you know a freshman or sophomore willing to push themselves, explore themselves, and grow more than anyone they know, send me an email at stevekurti@ttinvent.com and mention RIF.

Sarah Marcotte is a science and engineering communicator.  She began her career in museums with Art History but through a bizarre experience on a New York City sidewalk, she fell in love with science and engineering–subjects she’d never given a second glance in high school.  Join me as we follow Sarah’s path to an exciting career!

About Sarah

sarah2Sarah S. Marcotte has been active in the informal science field for over 12 years. She got her start at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County where she worked extensively in outreach to schools and the community, first as Education Specialist in the Insect Zoo, and later as the Education Manager supervising an outdoor ecology program and the Mobile Education program, three tractor trailers with immersive teaching environments for students age 8 to 12.

She focused on staff training and program development as Education Manager at Kidspace Children’s Museum, and is now the Museum Services Representative at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, responsible for creating partnerships to disseminate Mars content to museums.

Sarah serves on the boards of the Museum Educators of Southern California, the Museum Education Roundtable, and the American Association of Museums’ Media and Technology standing professional committee.

She holds graduate degrees in Museum Education and Education Technology, and not surprisingly, her areas of interest include science, family learning and technology.

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About Education…

“Knowing enough to know what you don’t know. Having a healthy skepticism about what you don’t know, and a healthy skepticism abotu the sources of your information. I’m thinking of the very educated people that we have today that are quite prone to misinformation reading on the internet. The very smartest people I know vet their educational sources very carefully. They understand who they should listen to, who might not have all the right facts, and who might have an agenda… it’s not just knowing facts, but what to do with the facts, how to vet them, how to curate the information. The smartest people I know are careful with what information is coming in.”
 
“I don’t believe it is strictly for job training… The purpose of an education is to create a population, create our citizenry, to be skeptical, to be open minded with a diversity of beliefs and opinions, facts and truths. The most educated people I know are life-long learners. They are not afraid to say they don’t know something. They’ve never stopped learning. They’ll never stop taking in education.”
 
“I think a great educator has a passion and a love of learning so not matter what that teaching is teaching, they create people who are equally passionate and interested about anything.” 
Sarah Marcotte

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“I was in New York City, walking down the street on the upper west side. And on the sidewalk, in the middle of this intense urban environment was this beautiful blue green dragon fly.  I was so intrigued by this dragonfly that just happened to be parked in the middle of the sidewalk, no one had stepped on it.  It was alive.  And I studied it and contemplated it.  And wondered about it.  And the next bookstore I came upon, I walked in and I just bought a field guide on insects. “
Sarah Marcotte

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