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I Want to Be a Scientist!

Grades: PreK-1
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  • Overview

    Using this resource group, students will learn about the many different career possibilities as a scientist. Watch as Sid and the class go on a field trip to the Science Center where they hear from special guests about their jobs. Gabriela's Mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova, is a marine biologist and she tells the kids about her exciting job scuba diving and studying whales. Meet a robotics engineer working on a 20-foot tall robot at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a chemist investigating stretchy ice cream in a kitchen lab, and an astronaut who does engineering in space!

  • What Scientist are We Meeting Today?

    The kids are off to the Science Center to meet a real scientist. Sid is going around to ask his friends if they know who they're meeting. The kids talk about the kind of scientists they want they hope, and May says that she would like to be a scientist that studies the planets when she grows up. But Gerald tells May he doesn't think she can be a scientist because she's a girl. May disagrees, so let's see what the answer is!

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  • The Kids Meet a Scientist

    The kids meet Dr. Cordova, a marine biologist who is also Gabriela's mom! Gerald discovers that women can indeed become scientists, and he apologizes to May for saying that she couldn't become one when she grows up. Dr. Cordova explains that as a marine biologist, she investigates animals that live in the ocean. She particularly loves studying whales, and she tells the kids about her exciting job SCUBA diving and studying the sounds whales make. Sid wants to learn more about the sounds squirrels make, so Dr. Cordova introduces the kids to a wildlife biologist, a woman who studies giant pandas.

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  • May Talks to a Robotic Engineer

    May wants to become a scientist that draws robots and machines to go explore the planets. Dr. Cordova explains that this is what a robotics engineer does. The kids meet a robotics engineer working on a 20-foot tall robot at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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  • Gerald Talks to a Chemist

    Gerald thinks he'd be really good at investigating how to eat stuff. Dr. Cordova explains that there's a type of scientist who does this too: a chemist! The kids meet a chemist investigating an ice cream that won't fall off the cone. Hear how the chemist discovered a stretchy ice cream in a kitchen lab!

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  • Gabriela Talks to an Astronaut

    Gabriela thinks she wants to be an astronaut that can fly inside the rockets May will build! Dr. Cordova, introduces the kids to an astronaut so they can learn more. Hear from an astronaut engineer who helps build and fix things in space.

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  • Music Video: Ology Means the Study Of

    Susie sings about all the different types of "-ologies." Learn how "-ology" means "the study of." Listen to the music video to learn what cardiology, craniology, ecology, zoology, and many more "-ologies" are the study of.

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Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
NSTA National Science Education Standards

Explore the work that scientists do and learn about the different fields of science.


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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/