Making Connections: Encouraging our Next Gen Scientists

Click, clock, click, clock, click, clock…twenty maybe even forty mini multicolored metronomes are rocking in unison! What is this I thought? And, within a flash my question was answered.

The nice thing about working with people of various ages is that I get to hear about what is going on in their lives. Interesting to me because they are at different stages of life, and they make me nostalgic. Don’t misunderstand, I enjoy my empty nester existence with my husband and two kittens, but it is fun to think back too.

Last week or so, my colleague came to work exuberant to share the video she had shot the night before. We crouched around her IPhone to watch her daughter donning a lab coat and orchestrating a half dozen of spoons dangling and swaying. It appeared that the burgeoning scientist was demonstrating how swinging things in close proximity eventually synchronize their swing.

Through her grand grin, my colleague displayed her pride in her young daughter and reminded me of myself and of all the various science experiments and demonstrations I did with my own kids over the years. One of the perks of being a stay-at-home-mom is you get to “play” and learn with your kids day after day.

So imagine my surprise when I clicked through the T.V. channels and saw the Mythbusters synchronizing metronomes. I frantically grabbed my phone to alert my colleague of the segment showing right then. Her reply shared that she was not able to watch right then. Of course, my tenaciousness couldn’t let it be. I darted to the computer to look for the segment online. After locating it, I whisked off an email to my colleague. As like many teachers, I LOVE it when we can connect learning events for our kids!