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Careers in Science 

October 17, 2008

Teaching Science in the Community

During the summer, the Interns gain teaching experience by visiting various summer schools or recreation centers. We typically teach two age groups: kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. Our lessons are “Incredible Insects”, “Rockin’ Reptiles”, and “Shark Shakedown”. These classes are designed to teach students about the different characteristics and adaptations of these animals.

The parts of an insect from Incredible Insects

The parts of an insect from Incredible Insects

To prepare for teaching the lessons, Interns attend trainings to learn about the curricula and different teaching styles. When we teach the students, our older Interns give the actual lessons while the newer Interns observe. This gives the newer Interns the opportunity to gain a better understanding of different teaching styles, to see how the lessons are run, and how to control the classroom. Teaching in the classroom gives Interns practice for teaching on the public floor and helps us improve our public speaking skills.

Teaching about shark anatomy

Teaching about shark anatomy

We have taught at organizations including the Hamilton Family Center, Jose Ortega Elementary School, Gilman Recreation Connect, Garfield Recreation Connect, West Sunset Recreation Connect, Hayward Recreation Connect, and the Asian Women’s Resource Center. If you would like the Interns to visit your school, program, or recreation center, please contact Eric Godoy, the Careers in Sciences Manager, at 415-379-5109 or by email at


Filed under: Teaching Science — CiS Interns @ 12:42 pm


  1. Look at all those beautifully raised hands — a sign of excellent classroom management! It would be a lot of fun to see you guys teach as a team. Keep up the good work. ^_^

    Comment by Megan — October 21, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  2. whoo hoo we rock!

    Comment by Lily — October 21, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  3. Little known fact: Interns are awesome at teaching on both the floor and in the classroom.

    Comment by Sam — October 21, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

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