We have one more on tap after this contribution, and then the well is dry. Don’t make me beg!
Today’s reader is Rod Charlton, whose caption is indented and who gave permission to show the photo of his granddaughter:
Attached is a photo of me and my granddaughter doing a science demo in her Grade 6 class, a couple of years ago.
My company sponsored a program called Fun with Science, and I and my partner traveled to many senior elementary schools in our area showing kids the basics. . . colour changes, polymers, physics, liquid nitrogen, and, always a huge hit, pyrotechnics.
Your readers would be well familiar with these demos, but to a 10 to 12 yr old they were amazing.
My granddaughter “volunteered” me for a demo in her class when we were visiting one year, and as my assistant, with her own lab coat, she was amazing, and the absolute envy of her classmates.
Our program won the Michael Smith Award for science education several years ago, Michael Smith being a Canadian Nobel Laureate.
Making science presentations to this age group was very rewarding, and usually stimulated many questions. Years later a teacher contacted me and told me one of her students who saw our show had contacted her, telling her how my answers to his questions pointed him towards a very interesting career. . .
Not very dramatic as some of your readers, but I and my granddaughter enjoyed every minute of it. After the show one of her classmates said, “ I wish I had a cool grandpa like you!”
I am fine with that!
It always makes me happy to see kids doing science. Look at her serious expression!