As a scientist, I feel misunderstood. There are so many of those memes flying around that insinuate exactly what I already know: no one knows what I do.
That is what this blog sets out to do. It’s goal is to help people get acquainted with what people in STEM fields really do. For those who are really new to the block, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. When reading this, I hope you will find yourself both interested and intrigued by the different opportunities available, and hopefully you will learn new things. I have invited people from all the different realms of STEM that I could find to write about their jobs, interesting research they are doing, or maybe just interesting research being done in their fields.
I guess I am the first blogger. My name is Meghan, and I just received my master’s degree in Chemistry. I have my undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology from a tiny school in North Carolina, Pfeiffer University. I had wonderful professors who helped me understand that I wanted to be a scientist, but I did not want to be a doctor. I think this was the first misconception that I had to overcome. Not all who study science, become doctors.
After teaching high school science for a year and a half, I realized that I needed to go on in my schooling, so I decided to get my master’s degree. I chose Chemistry because I truly find the subatomic dance of bonding to be beautiful. However, in grad school, I realized that I did not find bench chemistry research beautiful. In fact, I found it painful and boring. Bench chemistry is when you perform experiments, usually at a lab bench. You can imagine it as somewhere between the middle picture from Breaking Bad and the lower left hand picture of Beaker. This was the next misconception that I had to overcome. Not all scientists, do bench chemistry.
This entered me into the world of science education, and it is where I find myself now. I have discovered that the science that I love to study is how to improve the learning and teaching process and bring it to everyone. I started a science nonprofit that brings free science experiments to the kids of Denver Public Schools, and I study how we can use activities and experiments to help students overcome their own misconceptions that they have about science.
So that is the first post. Next time I post, I will continue on about the research of misconceptions, but I do not want this to get to long. This blog will feature the research of several different scientists, mathmaticians, nurses, doctors, engineers, and tech guys. I invite you to learn more about everything that STEM has to offer, and perhaps eliminate some of your own misconceptions of these fields.
For more information about the nonprofit, please visit: http://www.innercityscience.org
If you know a STEM individual that you believe would like to contribute, please have them email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This blog is in association with the nonprofit.