Want to be a...?
To become familiar with the many disciplines and career opportunities involved
in scientific expeditions such as this one, including engineering, archaeology,
architecture, linguistics, history, and geography, as well as the many support
staff that keep such an expedition going.
- List all the careers that are part of the project, starting with the above
list and adding any others mentioned in the any of the other Web sites you
visit or programs you watch (Note: Allow one week for shipping of any videos
- Brainstorm with the class all the associated occupations that would be part
of the adventure, many of which may not require special schooling. Consider
both the staff that directly supports the scientists (such as technical support
specialists, equipment operators, and cooks) as well as staff that indirectly
supports the expedition (such as weather forecasters, hotel workers, and
- Have students choose one of these careers that interests them and prepare a
poster on the occupation. Have them include information about why the career is
important to the project, what training it requires, and descriptions of
specific duties and responsibilities that the career involves. Also have
students note how this occupation might be used in their community, if
- To learn more about the careers, follow the "Mysteries of the Nile"
Dispatches. Brainstorm how
each member of the team and supporting staff
might be affected by the events that occur during the adventure.
- Display the final posters and discuss the careers as a class. Limit one
career to each student so that when posters are displayed the students will
learn about a wide range of occupations.
National Science Education Standards
Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor
- Women and men of various social and ethnic backgrounds—and with diverse
interests, talents, qualities, and motivations—engage in the activities of
science, engineering, and related fields such as the health professions. Some
scientists work in teams, and some work alone, but all communicate extensively
- Science requires different abilities, depending on such factors as the
field of study and type of inquiry. Science is very much a human endeavor, and
the work of science relies on basic human qualities, such as reasoning,
insight, energy, skill, and creativity—as well as on scientific habits of
mind, such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and
openness to new ideas.
Standard G: History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor
Individuals and teams have contributed and will continue to contribute to
the scientific enterprise. Doing science or engineering can be as simple as an
individual conducting field studies or as complex as hundreds of people working
on a major scientific question or technological problem. Pursuing science as a
career or as a hobby can be both fascinating and rewarding.
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