Special Report

The Scientist Comes to the Classroom

Partnerships that pair schools and working scientists are helping kids think about science—and science careers—in ways they never imagined

(Capital City Public Charter School)

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One rather serious student admitted that he wasn’t sure what career path he would pursue, but after listening to Wu talk about personalized medicine, he was imagining himself a geneticist.

What struck me most, though, was a young man who already considered himself a scientist. “I honestly found out about some new amazing ways in which we, as scientists, can help humanity,” he said, in response to Wu’s visit. “Instead of letting kids die, we discovered a new way to help people live. Everything today interested me.”

The ninth grader was genuinely inspired. “We can discover even more,” he said.


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