Day 13 (30 days, 30 pages, 30 Pictures)

Sep 24, 2012 by


I’m called on to do a lot of things in my job. I have a science background, I’m a trained and practiced cinematographer/photographer. I help write grants, create media, write content DF  Wand lesson plans. I make animated explanations of complex concepts. Occasionally I get to teach.

I think I like teaching the best. All of the other things I do have an indirect effect on people. Teaching has a direct observable effect.  I like the fact that every time I’m in front of a new group of young people I have a chance to learn something as well. There’s a moment when you can see the light bulb turn on in their heads. The moment when they get it. In that moment you’ve given someone something that hopefully will last a lifetime. It may be something as simple as grasping a theory but sometimes it ignites a passion for discovery.

Today I was at a S.T.E.A.M (science technology engineering art and mathematics) conference hosted by Northeastern University. Over 300 young people attends ,on a Saturday, and I witnessed a lot of light bulbs going off. This conference uses non-traditional approaches to engage young people. This is something I’ve specialized in since my days as a T.A.. way back in the 80’s. My friend and colleague, Marcelo, sometimes gets discouraged with the lack of recognition we receive. I don’t really care about that, I care about the light bulb.

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