Skype a Scientist
Upper Elementary students participated in a “Skype a Scientist” session with Dr. Kate O’Neill, a high school classmate of Mrs Skeuse, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland. Dr. O’Neill is a biomedical engineer who focuses on research involving the brain. She is also a graduate of Princeton University and was thrilled to speak to the students at Princeton Montessori School. Students had the opportunity to talk to her about what it means to be on the research side of the medical field, and what passions and skills guided her to this type of work. They also had an opportunity to look at videos and pictures of the brain in action, and ask questions that they had prepared. The students had a lot of fun – our hope is that we can continue to bring scientists, speakers, and even favorite authors into the classroom using technology like Skype.
The students have been heavily immersed in their research project cycle, so it was good to hear from Dr. O’Neal how research is a process that research requires a lot of patience – a lot of work goes into even the smallest bit of progress. They prepped for the session by drafting questions to ask her and also did a “test call” the week before. One student asked about the coronavirus, and Dr. O’Neill was able to tell her that medical researchers are working hard everyday on this to keep people safe and mitigate risks to individual and public health.