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ERIC Number: EJ864177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-11
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Web Connects K-12 Students with Scientists
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v29 n11 p1, 12-13 Nov 2009
This article reports that Derek Cummings and Justin Lessler, Johns Hopkins University epidemiologists, have come to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to give a live webinar on the spread of swine flu. This web-based audio and video presentation is one of many efforts by universities and science organizations to put K-12 students in direct contact with research scientists, in the hope of giving young people a taste of advanced scientific work and making it less intimidating and more appealing. The live event, held last month, is part of a collection of online features on a theme: "Swine Online." They're housed on a Johns Hopkins CTY Web site,, which offers resources created by university staff members and research scientists themselves, filtered by scientific topic. Some of Cogito's offerings are open to anyone. Others, like the webinar, are restricted to students, many of them elite performers recommended by schools and programs like the CTY, which works with top students. Other organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have established similar student-to-scientist programs in recent years, some using Web-based technologies. Those resources can give young people the kind of access to university scientists normally granted to graduate and undergraduate students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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