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[Voiceover narration] Every career day is gotten me to kind of just look at other occupations.
[Steven Sobieszczyk] Hello and welcome. Earlier this fall, the USGS Oregon Water Science Center hosted a ďScience Career DayĒ for students at Rosemary Anderson High School, here in Portland, Oregon. Now, the goal of the day was relatively simple, introduce the students to ďlife as a scientist.Ē And, if all went well, hopefully demonstrate how epically awesome this career choice is. Granted, this was no small feat and we wonít know for a while how successful we were. Regardless, we gave it a try and this video shows you how.
[Student] The fact that weíre still in high school and weíre trying to prep for college, this is really like an ideal thing to take part in.
[Student] We should take this field trip as a learning experience and listen and take in all the information we can.
[Student] Now that Iím more informed, Iím kind of leaning toward science because itís something I actually really like.
[Steven Sobieszczyk] So, what motivated this career day? Well, the USGS is an aging workforce. And like any other organization we can definitely benefit from an influx of talented, motivated, and diverse young scientists and professionals. Now, if you want to replicate this ďScience Career DayĒ hereís what you are going to need to know for planning your event.
[Voiceover narration] You know when I used to think about science I used to just think about biology, physics, and chemistry. Not these different branches and all that.
[Sue Perry] Today is going to be designed to give you a sense of what possible kinds of careers and jobs there are related to science. If science sounds interesting to you, keep us on your radar screen as something could open up.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] Weíre trying to reach out to young adults, high schoolers, even sometimes as low as middle schoolers to introduce them to science.
[Claire Bunch] I wanted to start out just hearing a little bit about what you guys want to do when youíre done with high school. Where you see yourself going next.
[Student] After high school, I am planning on going straight into college. Iím kind of just going to find my way.
[Student] I just want to start college immediately. Because what I want to do, Iím going to do 7 years of college, so I donít want to waste any time.
[Student] Iím going to try to go to PCC [Portland Community College] and then take my transfer grade to OSU [Oregon State University]. And go to OSU for biology.
[Claire Bunch] Okay. So Iím going to tell you guys a little bit about how I got to be where I am today. So, I grew up in the Midwest. And just spending a lot of time, you know, out by creeks and rivers and seeing plants and animals outside. I thought maybe science would be something that I could get in to. I was lucky enough to find a career counselor who sent me to a program at Gateway Community College and right off the bat they got me an internship with the U.S. Geological Survey.
[Micelis Doyle] I do a lot of different things. You, know. Like I said. One day Iím driving the boat. Then Iím building a chamber. Maybe on the computer for a day or two. Iím out in the field. I take my job very seriously because I know other people rely on some of the things I do. So I want to do the best that I can. Weíre non-bias. Weíre not in the profit-making business. We not out here to make a bunch of money. Weíre here to serve the public. I wanted to ask you guys, what is your ideal work environment?
[Student] I want a job that I can enjoy that, yeah, it pays good and all that. Something that I can make a living out that I love.
[Student] Iím just looking for something that I can enjoy. Like, I donít want a job that I sit behindÖin an office all day.
[Student] I like flexibility. All the jobs we talked about this morning are all flexible.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] After lunch, students geared up for some field activities. This mostly included working with streamflow and water-quality instrumentation.
[Voiceover narration] They looked pretty involved and really interested.
[Micelis Doyle] This reading would be pretty worthless because weíre not getting a true measurement of what the water clarity is. So we either have to move upstream or wait until all this settled out.
[Claire Bunch] So, we just made a measurement.
[Micelis Doyle] I mean it can handle getting wet but it canít be submerged for an extended period of time.
[Claire Bunch] You guys want to gather around. We can take a look at our measurement we just made.
[Student] What did you call it, a water tractor?
[Micelis Doyle] A water-quality monitor.
[Claire Bunch] You guys want to gather around and take a look at this. Even have you guysÖsomeone load it up.
[Micelis Doyle] Iím going to try to get this over to Ty to try and get her to write some of these numbers down for me.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] Cool. Well, thank you guys very much. I appreciate you guys being able to come out and spend the day with us. Give us some feedback.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] Well, thatís the gist of our USGS Science Career Day. It was a fun and rewarding day. And it couldnít have been done without the help of Rosemary Anderson High School and the USGS Diversity Council. Now, if you want to replicate this or if you have any questions or comments about this Sicence Career Day, please feel free email us at ORoutreach@usgs.gov.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] You guys ready. On the count of three.
[Student] Say Cheese.
[Steven Sobiesczyk] 1-2-3.
Title: USGS Science Career Day
In this episode, high school students from Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, visit the USGS Oregon Water Science Center for a ‘Science Career Day’ event. Scientists work with the students and try to promote the appeal and benefits of a career in science. The day is broken up into two parts: an early morning discussion period, and an afternoon field period. Check out just how much fun science can be in this episode of the USGS Oregon Science Podcast.
Location: Portland, OR, USGS Oregon Water Science Center and Tyron Creek State Park, USA
Date Recorded: 9/7/2012
Audio Producer: Steven Sobieszczyk , U.S. Geological Survey
Usage: This audio file is public domain/of free use unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the USGS Copyright section for how to credit this audio.
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