Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Science Alive

I also had a great time on Saturday. Coming away from it, I would argue that it was a HUGE success! First off, I was blown away by how many people were there! Second, having walked around a little bit, I thought the exhibits were great and very diverse, and overall, I was just amazed at how enthusiastic the kids really were about it! I admit, if my mom told me I was going to go to a math and science fair at the library when I was a kid, I probably would NOT be too happy about it. However, my preconceived notions would have been entirely wrong. The kids honestly had an absolute blast and were able to create and participate in hundreds of interactive experiements that were mostly about "real life" scnearios that we often don't take the time to REALLY think about. They were all eager to learn and try new things, and they were sincerely interested in how and why things worked the way they did. I was VERY impressed!

I was also surprised at how enthusiastic, patient, and supportive the parents were...despite the dangerously frigid temperatures, the huge crowds, and screaming children. Furthermore, I couldn't believe how many volunteers there were! I guess the take-home message for me was that science and math, and the effort to make it applicable to every child in a hands-on, practical way, is an issue that THOUSANDS of people are extremely passionate about! Admittedly, I had no idea.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself! I thought it was so refreshing to see SO many people truly enjoying themselves in what I would call an educational setting. I had tons of fun with the kids, and it was also great to be able to hang out with classmates in a place outside of the classroom. I am extremely grateful to Michelle for finding this volunteer opportunity for us, and to the Serenevy's for allowing us to be part of their wonderful exhibit.

That's about all I have to say about that. (Except, I didn't get a cool free pen!) :)

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Hi Molly,

I have a pen for you -- I did not realize that you did not get one! I will give it to Dr. Verges to give to you.