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Day 4: The Path of the Science Educator with Ms Sam Marriott

Science World loves teachers! Today we're celebrating those brilliant educators who work hard to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Samsara Marriott, our Youth Programing Specialist, is an example of the type of multi-talented characters that make up #TeamScienceWorld. I had the pleasure to ask Sam a bit more about why she became a science teacher.

How did you feel about science growing up?

I absolutely loved it! I was the kid who was always collecting bugs in jars, playing with magnets or trying to make a sundial out of popsicle sticks. I probably didn’t think of all of these moments as “doing science” even though I was. One of my most memorable moments in school came in Grade 7 when I had the chance to look through a microscope for the first time. Being able to see something so small magnified into greater detail was fascinating. I immediately started looking for other objects to observe under the microscope.

What do you love about teaching?

When I started teaching I quickly realised how rewarding and important the work is—it’s empowering to be able to help others. And the days are never dull!

I’ve used my teaching career as a tool to help myself experience more and be a better learner. Educators are always asking students to take risks and try new things even if it means failing sometimes. I think it is important to demonstrate to students that we are willing to take these risks ourselves, and we are better off for it. This is why I’ve sought out such a variety of work.

What does it take to be a scientist?

Scientists need to be able to ask good questions and develop effective ways to answer those questions. Developing creativity and a sense of curiosity is vital. We need leaders who are able to use ideas in new ways. Also, science is rarely done alone. Having the ability to collaborate with others and having strong communication skills is very important.

How do you inspire the next generation of scientists?

I want to help students see that science is all around them and impacts their daily lives. Sometimes this means sharing and discussing a recent news article. Sometimes this means teaching gas laws through the art of making balloon animals. I feel it is important to break the stereotypes about who scientists are and what they do. At Science World, we provide lots of opportunities for youth to meet people in a variety of science careers and develop mentorship relationships. We encourage teens to share what they know by mentoring or collaborating with their peers.

Are you feeling a little adventurous? Why not try out a little rocket science? 

This Rocket Science activity involves sandwich cookies and ice cream, so you know it's a good one. 

Are you a teacher? Join us tonight for our free event, Teachers' Night Out. Enjoy a pizza dinner, discover cool things for your classroom. You'll get a sneak preview of our new exhibition, Top Secret: License to Spy and the OMNIMAX film, D-Day: Normandy 1944.