What is Skype a Scientist? Well check out how the resource describes itself:

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist. We want to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”, and this program allows us to reach students from all over the world without having to leave the lab! We have over 2150 scientists ready to chat, and teachers can choose the type of scientist that will fit their classroom. Let’s start a conversation!

How does this benefit you and your students? Consider real world/project or problem based learning opportunities in which your students can ask questions regarding their solutions to real world issues and challenges that exist with someone in the field. Another option: use this as a writing prompt for those who might need a jump start. Additionally you could introduce students to their future career. 

Phone a Friend? No… Skype a Scientist! YES!
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