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Careers in Science 

December 21, 2009

Evolution Training

Last training, in honor of the 150th anniversary reading of Darwin and Wallace’s letters, the interns received an eye-opening training about evolution. I know I didn’t understand it very well before this training. But afterwards the topic seemed much more interesting, and even fun.

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Evolution is the foundational theory of biology, nothing in biology makes sense without evolution. The main theme of the training was to explain exactly what evolution was, and the scientific discoveries which led up to Darwin’s theory of Natural selection. Evolution was a process which had been observed years before Darwin theorized how animals and their populations changed over time. Darwin’s theory of natural selection explained why this happened. Even if his theory had never been discovered, scientists would have continued to study evolution, to figure out why this vital process happens.

We did many different activities which showed variation as a result of Natural selection. We examined bell peppers and counted the number of seeds to see the difference among individuals in the same species. We also looked at Cowry shells, and ladybugs to do the same.

This felt important to me, because I feel there is a lot of misinformation about evolution floating around, and most of the public doesn’t have a very good idea of what it is. I sure didn’t.

 

By Hadrian


Filed under: Learning Science,Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 5:36 pm

Personal Statements: Telling the Story Only You Can Tell

One of the key steps to going to college is to write a personal statement. On October 15th,the interns had a special training about the story only you can tell, aka personal statements led by Careers in Science Manager, Eric Godoy. He gave us tips, tricks, and things to avoid when writing personal statements. The training was very helpful for the interns applying to college in the near future.

Lily helping Noelani start her personal statement.

Personal statements are college essays where you are able to demonstrate who you are to prospective colleges. In a regular application, the reader does not get an in depth look at who the applicant is, but a personal statement helps provide context for an applicants scholastic record and it allows the applicant to go in-depth on a specific topic. We learned a few tips to help us write the personal statements. Tips for personal statements are to relax, be honest, be personal, be consistent, and don’t guess what the admissions offices will be looking for. We learned a few things to avoid, but one of the things that I did not know to avoid were the immigration stories because they do not give insight into exactly who you are, just where you came from.

Next, we got to see some of the prompts that have been used in previous years at UC’s and on the Common Application. Seeing the different prompts gave us insight into what the colleges may be asking. One of the UC prompts was to “describe the world you come from-for example, your family, community, or school—and tell how your world has shaped your dreams or aspirations.” Intern Nicollette found the training very useful, “The training helped me learn exactly what goes into a personal statement. It really helped me remember that a personal statement is the story only you can tell. Now I have a good idea of what I will write about for my own!”

 

By Ivayana


Filed under: College Prep,Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 5:30 pm

July 18, 2009

College Countdown

One of the benefits of being a CiS intern is having the opportunity to go and explore possible college choices. This year during spring break, interns visited college campuses throughout Northern California such as UC Berkley, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, Mills College, UC Davis, Dominican University, CSU Eastbay, and Saint Mary’s College.
Learning about UC Berkeley's buildings

Learning about UC Berkeley's buildings

During the tours, interns were led by student guides around the campus, dorms, and lecture halls. At USF, interns also visited the library—complete with computers, couches, and tables—as well as a glimpse of class rooms, study halls, and the fitness center which included a gym and fairly large swimming pool. At the end of the tour, interns were able to experience first hand what it is like to eat in a dining hall.

Touring at Dominican University

Touring at Dominican University

Interns also learned about a wide range of majors available in college as well as information on office hours offered by professors. The information interns received from the college tours helped give interns an idea about what kind of college they want to attend while taking in consideration the college campus, student diversity, extracurricular activities, and majors offered.

The college tours enabled interns to get a glimpse of life in higher education. We got to tour campuses, eat in dining halls, and see dorms, class rooms and lecture halls. As we visited each school, we asked many questions about academic offerings and student life on campus. The experience gave us insight into how fun yet challenging and rewarding college can be.

Receiving a tour of UC Davis from a former intern

Receiving a tour of UC Davis from a former intern


Filed under: Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 2:04 pm

November 17, 2008

Learning How to Handle Reptiles

On Monday November 17, 2008 Brenda Melton, a biologist from the Steinhart aquarium, trained us on handling reptiles.  This training was very important because we will be handling reptiles when we are teaching and we need to make sure that we are handling the reptiles properly so that no one gets injured.  We had the opportunity to handle a pine snake, ball python snake and a blue-tongue skink.  Of course there is always a chance of getting bitten, but if the risk can be prevented, then it is up to us to prevent the accident from happening.

Some of the main rules for handling reptiles are:
•    Keep good hygiene when handling any reptiles so always try to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
•    Be calm and relaxed.  If you don’t feel comfortable handling the reptile, then it’s probably not a good idea for you to handle the reptile that day or until you feel comfortable because the reptile in which you are handling can sense if you are nervous.
•    Check that the reptile itself is calm and/or relaxed.  By making sure that the reptile is relaxed, you reduce the chance of getting bitten.
•    when you are handling reptiles for the public, you want to make sure that you have the head facing away from the public.
•    You also want to make sure that you are supporting the majority of the reptile’s weight because you can cause some serious injuries to the spine.


Brenda taught us that when you are handling reptiles you should always keep in mind that you have the risk of getting diseases like salmonella.  Salmonella is a type of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals.  This is why it is important to wash your hands. Of course not all reptiles carry salmonella, but we treat them as if they all had this disease because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Knowing how to keep good hygiene to prevent salmonella contamination and knowing how to keep people and the reptiles safe, is very important so that everyone has a good experience.

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Handling reptiles properly is a very important skill for us, especially when we are teaching in after school programs and on the floor.


Filed under: Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 6:33 pm

August 11, 2008

Intern Introduction

Welcome to the Careers in Science Program (also known as the Intern Program) at the California Academy of Sciences!  The Intern Program is comprised of students that focus on learning science, teaching science, and conducting science, as well as college preparation and job and life skills training.  We teach the public on the museum’s main floor through demonstration and explainer stations and at afterschool programs and community centers.  Interns have the opportunity to work with Academy researchers by working in departments such as the Steinhart Aquarium and Orinthology and Mammology department.

The Intern Program started in 1996 and, as of 2008, has had 144 students pass through its doors.  We are committed to increasing the diversity in the scientific community and changing the common perception that science is only for the elite.  We encourage teens that are interested and/or typically under-represented in the sciences to participate in the Intern Program and to be part of the scientific community.  Students have gone on to pursue degrees in Biology, Genetics, Computer Programming, Engineering, Political Science and many others.

In this blog, various Interns will share their experiences in the Intern Program, ranging from field trips and research experiences to trainings and many other activities.  We hope our readers get a better idea of what the Interns do at The Academy!


Filed under: Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 6:52 pm
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