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Saturday, February 17 • 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Fostering A Love For Science In Our Kids

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As parents, how do we get our kids excited about science and technology?  We tend to have a lot of the answers to the questions our kids ask, but is that really what our kids are looking for?  Imagine if your child asked you what Disney World was like, and you answered by showing them a photo album of a trip you took? Would they stay interested for very long? Probably not. But if you answered that question by taking them to Disney World and discovering it with them, that is a completely different experience.  The key to fostering a love for science in our kids is to make the journey with them, and show them we are excited by the fact that we don’t know all the answers. You could probably explain how a potato clock works. But if we chained ten potatoes together, could we generate more electricity? Are there other vegetables or fruit that can do something similar? If you put a battery before the potato in the circuit, what affect would that have on the potato’s electrical output? By thinking beyond the questions our kids are asking us and asking questions that we don’t know the answers to, we can invite our kids to join us on an adventure of discovery where we learn together and share the joy of discovery, and teach them how to ask probing questions at the same time.

Whether you have kids or not, come join us as we discover and learn together.  The talk will be short, but there will be plenty to tinker with.  Build a small motor, a mini-Tesla coil or a mini-potato gun!  Play around with different chemical reactions, magnets and electricity.  There will also be materials to build your own micro-controller for anyone interested.  If you like tinkering, experimenting and learning, come join us, kids or no kids.  But if you have kids, please bring them. 

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Gabriel Sheeley

Software Journeyman, Pillar Technology

Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm

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