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Educating the Next Generation of Scientists

What do creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship have in common? For this corps member, it’s science—and empowering the budding scientists in his classroom to change the world.

By The TFA Editorial Team

December 10, 2019

Bringing Your Passion to the Classroom

First-year corps member Will (Greater Philadelphia ’19) believes science goes beyond the periodic table and is the foundation for how we question and interact with the world. In this video, Will shares his passion for science and how he wishes to cultivate that enthusiasm in the classroom.

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‘It Begins With Science’

I feel like a lot of people understand science is like disciplines—physics, biology, chemistry—and fail to understand science as a way of knowing—a methodology. Or, if you have an idea of the world, you test that idea about the world, and you see if you are right or wrong about that idea, and then you go from there. 

A scientist is a psychologist, sociologist. A scientist can be simply saying, ‘Hey, if I turn this lightbulb the other way, does it turn on or off?’ Or, it could be, ‘Hey, if I interact with this person this way or that way, what happens?’ Science can be so many different things. A lot of students, a lot of people, are scientifically minded already. I would just love for my classroom to be an environment that brings that out in all aspects. No matter the content I’m teaching. Because to be a scientist is to be an innovator, a leader, an entrepreneur, a person who’s going to transform the world or their community, or whatever—it begins with science.