So I’m all about helping to increase that pipeline in every, every dimension, all the way down to, you know, my daughters of 5 and 10 of getting it in front of them enough, you know, through various means whether it’s through, uh, box kits that we, you know, work on together, like these snap circuits or, or the KiwiCo Crates or summer camps or, you know, making ’em do science fair, just enough that they realize that it’s an option, that it doesn’t have to be closed to them just because, um, because of their gender. So that they do have the interest to, to nurture it, um, above and beyond because society itself will not do it for you.() Sorry. That was a very long answer. (laughs).
Like even my daughter who, who like, likes science when we do it at home, she comes back. She’s like, „Oh, I don’t think into science, it’s kind of boring at school.” And that’s because they, they focus on what they can kind of teach at that age. But you know, the stuff that I do, you need so much math to understand what it is and how to do it, that you don’t get that until years down the road, right, but if you lose the kid already in fourth grade or in fifth grade, they won’t even get to that point to learn about that career.
So, um, being able to show them examples, right, of people who are in the field, who are doing that end thing and what it kind of means in layman’s terms will at least give them something to reach for, even if they don’t necessarily understand, uh, how to do it at this age, at least it’ll give them something to hook onto for their imaginations, to keep them going to the next, to the next level until you can, uh, interest them. And then you gotta find what, what hooks the kid, right? Every kid is different. And just because you like one aspect of science doesn’t necessarily mean you like the other aspects of science.
And it was just this tiny little, like less than hand size camera
Like, I like oceanography and like, Marine biology, like I could care less about that. Like I don’t, you know, like being in the ocean, I don’t like animals or touching animals to say, but some kids are really into that and they’re not into space. Right? So, but if you just focus on, like, a blanket only this much of it for any particular kid, you can’t inspire their passion and get them interested in — augment what they’re already kind of biased into and, and use that as a, um, hook to, to increase their interest.
Like just because you have a certain role or, uh, a certain position doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gonna be you, right?
So the day of landing, the, because of the whole COVID, they didn’t actually let any of the photographers or videographers in mission control. So they just had this like tiny camera that was mounted to the top of my, my station. So it, it was have a glance at the weblink kind of easy to forget that that was there for the most part. And I kind of went through what I had to say. Um, I was surprised at how big it got. I mean, I, I knew that, you know, the internet could do that for certain people, um, but it’s always a hit or miss. Like the, the guy who was the face of the curiosity landing, I mean he had some aspect, but it didn’t necessarily go viral for him.