As I write “Week 13” I am shocked how many weeks have gone by since all the interns departed from the training in San Diego. Throughout these past weeks I have grown to become a better citizen scientist and an environmental educator. Every work day I learn something new and implement it when developing future projects.
This week I had the opportunity to outreach to San Pascual Elementary which is near Pasadena, California. I spoke to classes that consisted of K-5th graders – three classes had previously been in the Snowy Plover Field trip mentioned in my week 2 blog. This was an interesting event because I presented to an audience I usually do not work with (K-1 grade), presented to an audience that hard no shorebird let alone bird education experience, and presented to an audience that knows a lot about Snowy Plovers! Levels of knowledge and experience ranged and my initial impression was, “I hope I can work with all these different types of experiences.”
The first thing I learned from this experience is to always be overprepared. It took us quite some time to get started because, first, my computer was not compatible for the school’s projector. Second, my presentation was on my google drive which means we needed internet if I wanted to open it in another computer that was compatible. Third, the internet was very slow so it took a while to get signed in. All this took about 20 minutes to sort out which included the time I was supposed to present. So I finally learned the importance of a flash drive. Flash drive makes life easier so it was great lesson to learn!
The presentations went well and I felt very appreciative for Sharon, one of San Pascual’s teachers, who helped planned the visit and gave me valuable advice when presenting with children. The students were very excited and I was glad that they were all engaged throughout the presentation whether they didn’t initially know about Snowy Plovers or whether they were Snowy Plover experts.