Middle School Science Cafe Inspires Future Scientists

Thayer Middle School students had the chance to learn about various science careers from a diverse group of scientists, including some alumnae, during the TAMS Science Café series. The series was developed by Thayer Middle School science teacher Mrs. Natalie Young and was held at lunch time. Students ate their lunch while listening to the presenters talk about their career path, how they became interested in science, and what they are currently working on. 

The visiting scientists included:
-Hannah Pearson, Shellfish Hatchery Manager at Island Creek Oysters

-Aly Richardson '09, Education Associate at the Museum of Science

-Kaela Leonard '03, Chemical Engineer at Seventh Sense Biosystems

- Kristin Zilinskas Voldan '97 Molecular Genetics at BioReference Laboratories
"My goal with this program is to celebrate women in science as well as introduce students to some of the amazing STEM careers out there," says Mrs. Young. "The students have been so enthusiastic; I hope it will get them excited and possibly encourage them to pursue a career in the sciences."

More presentations are planned, including one with a Physician's Assistant next month.  


Kaela Leonard '03 demonstrates a blood collection device that her team has been working on at Seventh Sense Biosystems.



Aly Richardson '09 presents an experiment on the sense of taste.


Kristin Zilinskas Voldan '97 (center) and Mrs. Natalie Young (back row) with students who participated in the TAMS Science Cafe.