Selecting and Working with Your Science Partner
In this unit you will:
- Consider the role and ideal characteristics of a science partner
- Begin to identify organizations and individuals in your community who can assist you with recruiting a science partner
- Learn about different ways you might collaborate with your science partner to co-facilitate the Pushing the Limits programs
An important element of the Pushing the Limits programs is the science partner.
You’ll be working with your science partner as you plan and implement the programs. You each have important roles in the collaboration. In this unit, we’re focusing primarily on the science partner. Your roles and responsibilities will be covered in more detail in Unit Six.
A science partner might be someone you’ve never thought of as a scientist…maybe a local extension agent, a forest ranger, your high school biology teacher, or a retired engineer who serves on your library board. All of these people are scientists.
What makes someone a scientist? A scientist is a person who has had the training and/or experience to look at the world in a scientific way. The first video explores which characteristics will make a scientist (that you may already know) a great science partner.
What Makes a Great Science Partner?
Next, listen to three librarians talk about their experiences identifying and selecting a science partner. Keep your science partner notes nearby; you may want to add other possible people and places to contact.
Identifying a Science Partner
Your science partner plays a key role, but you do too. As the co-facilitator, you will be collaborating with your science partner to plan and present the programs. Your knowledge of the community, your partnerships with local groups and organizations, and your program planning skills are all critical to the success of the programs.
The librarians and other staff members who have implemented the Pushing the Limits program series at their libraries offer good words of advice for planning programs and working with your science partner.
Working with Your Science Partner