Hi friends–How was your weekend?
I wrote an article about the Science Olympiad–a nation-wide science competition for junior and high school students. The huntsman center at the university was full of students across the state, excited about their bottle rockets or making insulators out of wood and popcorn. I never had so many students want to be interviewed. One seventh grade girl ran up and said, “I’ll talk to you!”
I asked her what her favorite part of the day was. “I touched a brain!” she said with a huge smile on her face. “It was squishy!”
Where was I in eighth grade? Why didn’t my biology teacher tell me about the Science Olympiad? Did I hear about it and shrug it off? Was I too busy singing in the musicals and flirting with Jaron Ortega?
Sigh. Anyway. It was so fun to hear the perspectives of all of these smart kids and to understand why science was so important to them. Yay for being a writer so I can talk to these people!
And, of course, here is them doing the Harlem Shake.