Reflections on the March for Science
As mentioned in my recent post, Earth Day 2017 was especially notable because it was also the day of a worldwide march for science. Okay, it was also the final day of an international robotics competition that my son was a part of, so I missed the march in favor of cheering* on his team. However, I checked in with a few of my STEM-loving colleagues to get their take on the day.
Educator Ruth Kulmala Repp said that she marched for her students. “Science education helps them in their future endeavors. Some may be our next researchers, physicians and inventors. Others will be better equipped consumers of information and health care. Scientific knowledge is key to problem solving and new economic growth,” she told me.
A Maker Mom fan and educator from across the pond, Kara McAlister, wrote of marching in England to support research-driven policies. She also participated, “to show that scientists are real people.”
Amy Kraft, designer of award-winning apps, marched for a focus on scientific facts. She was encouraged by the number of people who told her they were there for the same reason. She told me that the clever signs at the New York City march were uplifting, too.
In Chicago, science-loving teacher Laura Frisch was inspired by the fact that she ran into so many friends at the march. She was also motivated by the top-notch speakers. In addition, Laura mentioned something that others have echoed- the large number of introverts in the crowd that set a calm, contemplative tone for the day.
If you’re reading this blog, not only is science is an important part of your life, but you support it in one of the best ways- by teaching children. You help the next generation use science to not only understand, but also to improve, our world. You are more than a teacher. You’re a role model and an ambassador, too. You help young people understand that science is for all, and that all can play a key role in scientific discovery.
The Young Scientist Challenge provides an opportunity for students to act on their passion for science, to make discoveries that in turn make the world a better place. Although the entry for this year’s challenge is closed, it’s never too early to start brainstorming for next year.
*My son’s team didn’t make it to the finals, so I had a couple of free hours to march...to a bourbon distillery because I was in Kentucky and I like to learn. The tour was full of science: fermentation, distillation, the impact of the weather on the aging process, and so much more.