I love writing to a pre-scientist pen-pal no matter where I am, but this year I got to send our first round letter from a 308 foot research vessel in Antarctica. What a fun letter to write, and a great way to embrace our normally snail-mail based program going virtual! I'm loving my pre-scientist's questions and enthusiasm! Here's an except from my most recent letter, which includes my favorite selfie from my recent trip!
I adore SkypeAScientist, but the COVID pandemic has highlighted how special this program really is. I signed up for extra sessions, and ended up working not only with some amazing teachers that are taking online education to new levels.
It was a joy to share my passion for science with some amazing students in New York, but also with two families in Canada, one family in Montana, and a smattering of students (I'm not even sure where!) from an online education forum.
More than anything, I loved the opportunity to talk about what science is with both students AND their families. It was inspiring to be able to share how rigorous the scientific process really is, and maybe do my own small part to help students and their parents find some trust in scientists during this difficult time.
Favorite question: maximum swimming speed of a spiny lobster, via an 8 year old in Canada. It's 12 mph, just so you know.
Honored to have been featured in a University of Washington Tide Bite!
Check it out here: http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/tidebites/Vol73/index.html
2019's Night at the Museum was DINOSAURS!
Hundreds of children and their parents came through, and were met with a true-to-life "how tall of a dinosaur are you?" poster, a station demonstrating how fossils are made with Play-Doh, a timeline of "living fossils" and when they evolved, and some amazing fish from our collections. Our room was made even more excited with the addition of the Museum Collections, with live bugs and some highly-questionable Cajun-flavored crickets.
As always, talking about science to the general public was a blast!
While at Carmabi Research Station, Kevin and I filmed an interview introducing children to the idea of meiofauna. Ellie Mackay was an inspiring host whose genuine enthusiasm and wonder at our tiny critters made the ordinarily mortifying experience a fun one. That is not to say I plan on ever watching the video, but you can find it here:
Coral Live Interview 2018