SCS Engineers’ Nicole Kron Encourages K-12 Students to Consider STEM Careers

July 24, 2018

SCS Young Professional, Hydrogeologist Nicole Kron, recently finished her second session of Skype a Scientist, a program in which she Skypes with classrooms and talks to kids about her work as a professional geologist and her journey to become a scientist. The Skype a Scientist program connects students and teachers with people in scientific jobs to help attract kids to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pursuits.

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world; teachers are able to choose the type of scientist that will match their classroom’s interests. Participating scientists, like Nicole, then skype with the students for 30 to 60 minute Q&A sessions that can cover any topic – from their particular expertise to what it’s like to work as a scientist to their favorite pastimes. The program helps students get to know a “real scientist” and about their career in a STEM arena.

Nicole has completed two sessions so far – one in May and one in June, and she has agreed to stay involved with the program going forward. “It’s so much fun!” she says.

Some of the questions Nicole has answered include:

  • “How do I find diamonds?” (fifth-grade student)
  • “What is a rock?” And “What is your favorite rock?”
  • “What are some of the biggest challenges in your career?” (ninth-grade student)
  •  “Are there any women in your company who inspire you?”
  • “What subjects did you like in school and how did that lead you to geology?”

During these sessions, Nicole talked about geology, work-life balance, self-confidence, and her hobbies. The ninth grade class was particularly interested in her new venture to make French macarons as well as her love of dancing.

Nicole says she really enjoys participating in Skype a Scientist because, “It gives
me the opportunity to show students that scientists and engineers are well-rounded
people with many interests.”

An SCS Marketing Manager, Sarah Hoke, added: “I love to see our folks making an impact in the community.”

It’s never too soon to start recruiting the scientists of the future!

Nicole and Sarah both work at SCS Engineers in the Madison, Wisconsin office. SCS Engineers provides career opportunities across the nation to talented individuals who bring value to their clients and in their communities. 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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