Tuesday, February 15, 2011
science fair season
ahhhhhh... science fair season Of course these days it is often the STEM Fair (science, technology, engineering, mathmatics), but no matter what you call it, it is all about rows of trifolds, scoring sheets, and excited kids. (understand that there were 4 people taking pictures at once, all calling this gentleman's name, hence the looking at different cameras) I can not describe how much i love going to science fairs. It is hard to judge them cause you want everyone to do well and be excited about science, but in the end you have to pick winners cause those are the kids that take their projects to County. This particular elementary STEM Fair was really, really earnest. It was touching that the kids sincerely thanked the real scientists for making time to come be a part of their day. The STEM Fair coordinator sent me a video compilation of pictures from the day; if you've never been to a science fair this will give you an idea of what it is like to have a bunch of kids milling around, waiting anxiously for you to come interview them. It is 9 minutes long, but if you manage to make it through, there is a picture of me and the above student finally looking at the same camera. It makes me smile thinking about all of those kids excited about science.