Virtual Scientist in a Classroom

Coming Soon!


Want your students to meet a practicing scientist? Here’s your chance! Invite a Harvard Science Education Partner into your classroom!


Virtual Scientist in a Classroom

Recommended for grades 6-9


Available February through May 2022 for Groups of Ten or More Students

Program Description

What does it mean to be a scientist? What are scientists studying today? How do you become a scientist? How can science help us understand the world? Harvard Science Education Partners can answer these questions and more!

Science Education Partners are Harvard graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who study a variety of STEM topics including biology, paleontology, botany, Earth science, and genetics. Invite a Science Education Partner into your class to discuss their research and their passion for science. Each Science Education Partner will share a short video in advance about their work and respond to student questions via video conference.

How to Set Up a Virtual Scientist in a Classroom Visit with a Harvard Science Education Partner:

Registration opens February 1, 2022

  • Teacher reviews Science Education Partner presenters (see below)
  • Teacher completes this form with a choice of dates and times
  • The museum contacts the teacher to discuss details
  • The museum sends a confirmation email and an introductory video for advance classroom viewing
  • Approximately one week in advance, the Science Education Partner contacts the teacher to introduce themselves and confirm details
  • Teacher sends video conferencing link to the Science Education Partner
  • On the reserved day and time, the Science Education Partner joins classroom video conference

Harvard Science Education Partners and Their Topics

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The program is free to all groups of ten or more at schools nationwide through May 31, 2022. You will be asked to complete a brief online evaluation after your program.

Scout troops, after-school programs, camps, and extracurricular learning pods may book a program for a $25 fee for 10–50 youths. Payment in full is required one week before the program.


Harvard Scientist in a Classroom videos are approximately ten minutes long and should be screened before the live virtual discussion. Live virtual classroom visits are thirty minutes long.

About the Harvard Science Education Partners

Scientist in a Classroom presenters have completed our Science Education Partners program, which prepares scientists to talk about their research with public audiences in a way that is engaging, understandable, relevant, and inspires curiosity. They are graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are passionate about sharing their love of science and inspiring others to see themselves as scientists and make science a part of their daily lives. Each has their own story of how they became interested in and have progressed in their chosen field and most are advanced in their studies with several years of lab or fieldwork experience.

Benefit for Presenters

Speaking to your students is also an opportunity for Science Education Partners. Many teach college classes using college-level language. But in the field, to the media, and in grant proposals, they need to use everyday language to explain what they are trying to learn, how they will undertake their work, and how it may help the community. Developing these professional skills with your students improves their own career prospects.