Host Margaret O´Sullivan sits down with guest Melissa Marquez. Melissa Marquez is a moving force in STEM. Currently completing her PhD on sharks and their relatives, she is an advocate for Latina scientists, ocean literacy, and science literacy. She has been featured on Shark Week, and she is currently hosting her own podcast, Conciencia Azul, and writing her first book series. Margaret and Melissa discuss why an inclusive STEM education is important.
Introduction of Guest Melissa Marquez, Candidate for PhD
Why interview a scientist?
Clearing-up misconceptions about sharks, rays, and stingrays
500 different species of sharks
Melissa strives to clear up the misconceptions of these predators
How sharks are considered gods in folklore
Fins United initiative
Melissa founded Fins United to make a dent in creating educational resources about oceans
Fins United's goal is to promote ocean literacy
Conciencia Azul, a marine science conservation podcast, highlights Latinx scientists and promotes inclusion
Melissa is in the process of writing a series of young Adult fiction bilingual books focused on STEM
Which skills are important for students interested in the science field: English, Math, Science but also extra-curriculars like computer science. Being able to communicate science is critical.
Melissa was able to be on the show, Shark Week. During night diving, Melissa got taken by a crocodile!
Teachers are important in communicating the different opportunities available for students.
3 Key Points:
An inclusive STEM education promoting scientific literacy is crucial.
There are many misconceptions about sea life and Melissa strives to demystify them.
Teachers play an important role in communicating opportunities available to all of their students.
Facebook group member shared this resource that tracks sharks and she is using it along with an Argument Driven Inquiry Lab on shark migration in a unit that incorporates CCC-patterns, and DCI on evolution and social behavior.