Archive for March 28th, 2010
Although I am more of word nerd I like science. As my daughter was growing up we spent weekends hanging out at the zoo or the observatory and summers I enrolled her into kid science programs. Her 6th grade year we spent so much time at COSI that I figured it was cheaper to purchase a year’s membership.
For the uninitiated science is a boring subject for socially inept geeks. But if it wasn’t for science we wouldn’t have cool things like the interet, iPods, and cellphones.
Although I am still waiting for my own personal hovercraft.
Still, scientists don’t get as much attention in our society which is sad. Just as we need the creativity of singers, writers and rappers we also should encourage the chemists, astronomers and engineers. Actually, art and science are so related that they can be one and the same.
This is what the Nova Science Now webseries The Secret Life of Scietists highlights. Each week they highlight a scientst who talks about their love of their chosen field and a hobby they pursue. Nanoscientist Rich Robinson (in the video below) talks about his love of photography. Biochemist Ericka Ebbel was once a pageant queen and Geologist Adrienne Block is a bassoonist.
Creativity, a curious mind, and a willingness to work hard is all that’s needed.
So check out the series and pass it on. Maybe we can inspire a budding scientist who was unsure of going into a career they feared was so uncool. And then maybe we can finally get those flying cars.