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USGS Scientist Inspires Students at a High-School Career Day in California

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Carol Reiss participated in Prospect High School's career day in Saratoga, CA, on February 26. Instead of the usual presentations in front of an assembled audience, this career day was run more like a career fair, where participants set up displays on tables and students visited the displays. This arrangement allowed students to interact with the people whose displays particularly interested them. Teachers had to sign up in advance, and four classes per hour were allowed to circulate through the exhibits, which were open to all students during break and lunch. Many visitors were attracted to Carol's display of a computerized seismic program created by Alan Jones (Binghamton University), which shows historical earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the margins of the Pacific Plate (the Ring of Fire) set to music. (To download this free software program, visit the Alan Jones Web page and click on "Seismic-Eruptions.") One teacher overheard students talking about Carol's exhibit and reported their comment: "When she talked about science, it didn't seem boring at all!" After the session, the exhibitors were treated to a catered lunch.

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Binghamton University

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