Y. The 25th letter of the alphabet. AND the reason for science, essentially. I never really thought about it that way or that simply.
Science boggles me. I’ve said this before. And yes, I will admit that, at the ripe old age of 43, I can not recite the correct order of the planets and I never really learned anything about Greek Gods and Goddesses (I know that is Mythology and not science, but somehow they end up in the same zone for me) because, after years of wondering why especially when my older daughter was knee-deep in learning it, I realized…I went to Catholic elementary school. Not high on the to-learn list in those institutions. I had to laugh when I put two-and-two together on that one. It then validated that I wasn’t sleeping through an entire course of learning.
Despite not being a huge science fan over the years, I do realize the importance of learning about it and fostering a curiosity of it and therefore, have tried to instill that in my daughters. Because of that (and because my husband is a big science guy), science fair participation has always been a thing in our household. If you really think about it, too, doing a science fair project really encompasses so many things that kids learn about in school…grammar, thought process, analytical thinking, art. Even patience and discipline can be thrown in that mix. I think parents tend to forget that-it’s a great amalgamation of many lessons all wrapped up in one. and not simply about “the science”.
Science Day was held at my younger daughter’s school yesterday and last night. It was an event that I helped create and put together. The classes viewed the projects during the day, which were set up in the gym, we had Kids’ Choice Awards, visiting scientists and guest judges, we had prizes for 1st place, Silly Science Awards to make it fun (“Project Most Likely to Make You Lose Your Appetite” was for a project monitoring the bacteria levels of area grocery stores’ meat counters. Ew, followed by *shiver*), a raffle basket filled with science experiments and a family membership to a nearby natural history museum and finally, an evening viewing of the projects for families. Phew. And you know what? Everyone seemed to love it. The kids were excited about showing off their work and the parents were happy to see this event resurface at our school in a more formalized and fun manner. And all for science- who knew?
One of my take-aways from the day was a simple word…”Why?”. One of our visiting scientists who spoke to the upper grades about how he got into the field and why he loves it, described that science is simply the act of asking “Why?” When you ask that question, it will lead to another question…and another…and another…until you reach an answer. And sometimes that answer is one that has not been answered before. And then, by jove, you have a new discovery.
Why take the time to do a science project with my child even though I have a thousand other things to do? Because she has now discovered something new that she likes to do and something that she didn’t think she could do.
Why spend the hours planning an event at school when maybe someone else could do it? Because it helps me set a good example for my girls, I am helping our school create something good and hell, it feels good to add to the educational system in a positive way.
Why did I even start this blog? To try something new and holy cow, it *has* lead to great new discoveries in my life. A science experiment of my very own, in a way.
Why Why Why Eureka Why Why Why.