I am constantly blown away by all of the support right here in my community. All of the hard work I put into this opening was reinforced by the neighborhood parents rallying behind me, all ready to roll their sleeves up if needed.
About the Open House: it was PACKED! I swore the fire marshal was going to start kicking us out. We had three stations set up that really framed my own experiences through science:
Station 1 was all about self-portraits. But why? Well, because many children don’t have any role models in science that look like them. Think of all the cartoons, movies, comics, any media - what does the scientist look like? I never thought a scientist could look like me, and here I am - ready to show others that they, too, are what scientists look like. Station 2 highlighted my more recent work in neuroscience - what I am most excited about and what drives me. We made play-dough models of neurons, looked at real brain slices under the microscope, and made brain hats. Station 3 focused on my physics background where I spent most of my time in undergrad and where my passion for science education was ignited. I feel so grateful to have shared a piece of my life with all who came out.
Urban STEAM Lab is going to be an amazing place robust with opportunity, support, encouragement, and inspiration. Seeing everyone engage with my ideas only drives me to continue to serve your scientific needs.