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SAGANet Mentors Group


SAGANet Mentors Group

This group is for SAGANet scientist-mentors to share experiences, ideas, and network.

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Comment by Graham E. Lau on June 2, 2017 at 11:19am

My talks with 6th graders in Oregon went really well yesterday! They had lots of fun questions. We talked about ecosystems, weird organisms, the Arctic, hydrothermal vents and whale fall, and even some off-the-wall stuff like black holes, Big Bang cosmology, Bigfoot, Area 51, and whether everything we know is one big computer simulation.

Comment by Graham E. Lau on May 31, 2017 at 9:28am

Ya, the teacher preferred using Nepris. Nepris really sets the talks up but then runs them through Zoom (similar to Fuze as an app). One thing I like about Nepris is that they do a little pre-check with the presenter to make sure their hardware is good to go and they provide a larger symposium of people connecting with classrooms. It makes me wonder if we could build something similar for our mentoring through SAGANet, or somehow build a community of SAGANet Mentors within their larger group.

Comment by Sanjoy Som on May 31, 2017 at 9:22am

Hi Graham, that's so cool! We have used Fuze in the past to connect into the classroom. I look forward to your reporting back with your pictures and your experience with Nepris! - cheers

Comment by Graham E. Lau on May 30, 2017 at 1:13pm

As a SAGANet Mentor, I'll be chatting with two classes of 6th graders in Oregon this Thursday! We'll be discussing ecosystems and astrobiology (with lots of pretty pictures of weird organisms on Earth!). The talk will be a telecon, which is conducted through Nepris. I haven't worked with them before, but it looks like they do a good job at moderating the technology and communications side of getting scientists and industry experts into the classroom!

Comment by Sara Imari Walker on January 8, 2015 at 9:21pm

Looking forward to an amazing year of mentoring in 2015!

Comment by Sonny Harman on November 21, 2012 at 9:09am

Thanks, Sanjoy -- I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'll get to work on my video intro in the near future. I hope to learn a lot as a mentor -- they say you never really know something until you have to teach it!

Comment by Sanjoy Som on November 21, 2012 at 9:04am

Welcome Sonny!

Comment by Amanda Cook on July 31, 2012 at 10:27am

This is great!  Not sure if this would be helpful, but I am more than willing to do classroom visits (given enough advance notice) in the area.  I have a couple of fun astrobio-related activities that would be fun for elementary school kids.  =)

Comment by Sanjoy Som on July 29, 2012 at 12:57pm

Hey s.a.g.a.n. mentors! Last friday I had coffee with local (San Jose, CA) elementary school teachers about getting involved with s.a.g.a.n., and they were as excited as we are about the program! They joined s.a.g.a.n. (and started their group!). I'm excited about where this will lead, and will keep you updated on how things develop!



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