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 (CMN), as well as staff from the Students On Ice (SOI) program. Through their explorations students will learn more about educational requirements, job descriptions, and opportunities for natural science careers.
What are some of the natural science career opportunities in Canada, and what are some of the paths you can take to get there?
Science, CALM, Careers
20 minutes to 1 class period depending on choice of debrief and use of extensions and enrichments.
Have students work as a class to generate ideas of career possibilities in the natural sciences (This can also be done as a Think-Pair-Share, or in groups).
On the “Team” portion of the Expedition Arctic website, read through the information on each of the highlighted individuals, thinking about the following reflection questions:
Choose one of the individuals whose career interests you the most and follow the link on the bottom of their page to learn more about their chosen career, thinking about the following reflection questions:
Have students make a brief presentation to the class about the career path they chose to focus on, what interests them about that career path, and what might be involved in following that career path themselves.
Have students pair up with another student who chose a different career to focus on, and do a Think-Pair-Share. This can be repeated a number of times to explore all careers.
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.
Use a SMART Board to explore the site as a class, in part or in whole.
Have students look more closely at the careers of multiple members of the Expedition Arctic Team.
Students can examine the career paths in more detail by researching what programs are available in Canadian Universities and what the entrance requirements are. Students could also research job opportunities, and job descriptions within their own provinces, nationally, and internationally.