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Ready for tomorrow and my first sessions of @SkypeScientist ! Looking forward to chatting, not with 1 , but 6 classes of middleschoolers! Send all the good vibes (and waves) my way for a good internet connection all day!

#scicomm #outreach
The morning started well with 2 different sessions with 2 classes of 7th graders from North Carolina @chowan_middle . Getting really cool questions about how it is to be a #scientist , why I chose to do what I do and how much I get to decide what I study.
Favourite questions so far:

- What animal would you absolutely want to study & are males and females different in that animal? (I introduced them to #sexualselection)

-Were you nervous before learning to handle animals for the 1st time?

-Do you get to pick your study animals?
Other pertinent questions about being a #scientist #abroad :
-Why come to Michigan?
-How much do you travel?
-How often do you see your family?
-How much free time do you have?
-How much do you make?
-What are the differences between Europe & the US?

Next up is my first class of 6th graders for today.

#SkypeAScientistMarathon #Scicomm #outreach #SkypeAScientist
The 6th graders were on fire!

We talked about bird longevity, menopause, how different taxa actually mate, why females are often the choosy sex & if males chose as well, and how birds recognize an individual mate or that they are from the same species

Favorite question from a 6th grader:

"Did ancestors of birds have different mating rituals?"

This got us talking about paleontology, difficulties in inferring behaviour from fossils & ended with us imagining T-Rex performing elaborate dances & singing for their ladies

The award for best question goes to the 2d class of 8th graders, during my 6th @SkypeScientist session today:

"If a bird of paradize and a parrot were to mate successfully, would their sons dance like a bird of paradize to attract females?"

#Scicomm #SkypeAScientistMarathon
This is such a good question!!! I might actually keep it for an exam some day, this basically summarizes all of my favourite study topics: #speciation, #sexualSelection and #evolution of innate vs learned behaviours

#scicomm #outreach #SkypeAScientist #SkypeAScientistMarathon
Overall, I had a blast for my very first experience skyping with multiple classes from @chowan_middle and would absolutely recommend @SkypeScientist to any scientist out there who wants an easy platform to communicate their passion with kids all over the globe!
#scicomm #coolsci
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