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Text Chat: Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf on Her Job Preserving Fossils for Study and Display

from Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

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Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How Live Career Chats, online events where students converse with scientists. On January 18, join Michelle Pinsdorf, a fossil preparator at the National Museum of Natural History. She’ll chat about her job preparing and preserving fossils for study and display.

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Length

30 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Sciences, Gifted & Talented


Program Delivery Mode

Web Chat



Booking Information

This is a free, live, interactive chat that will take place twice on Thursday, January 18 at 11am EST and 2pm EST at http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/chat/fossil-preparator-michelle-pinsdorf

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The program is free and a transcript will be available online after the live program ends. There is no cancellation policy.

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Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
United States

The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs.

Contact:
Maggy Benson
samm@norsoft.net
2026330129

Program Details

Format

1. Michelle Pinsdorf will introduce herself and be prepared to respond to a range of questions, but especially those pertaining to her career path and career at the Smithsonian.

2. She will take questions about how she became a fossil preparator.

3. She will take questions about her job as a fossil preparator, including the tools and processes she uses to clean, restore, and prepare fossils for study and display.

The questions and answers will be supported with visual media, plus several live polls that participants can answer during the 30-minute Q&A.

The live program and interaction will all happen on the Q?rius website at: http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/chat/fossil-preparator-michelle-pinsdorf

Objectives

The participant will have:
-Direct interaction with a Smithsonian science expert
-Increased interest and excitement about science
-Enhanced understanding of scientific content and knowledge
-Increased reflection on the process of science
-Increased experience using the tools and language of science
-Enhanced ability to identify with science careers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
The Fossil Preparation chat package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills.

MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe
MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old-history

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past
MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships

State Standards

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
The Fossil Preparation chat package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills.

MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe
MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old-history

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past
MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships