i love this. :DDDD
well done for doing it, i bet it was great seeing them all gasp over stuff like worms! and space suits! and ipods!
It did make me happy that they seemed genuinely interested in what I was saying. And they were very keen to ask questions!
"Lern difrent ting each day"
I'm picturing a teeny tiny Rastafarian when I read this.
More to the point, have you been to space? Did you build a rocket?
The thing is, they all wrote their names on the survey (which I hadn't intended for them to do), and I'm pretty sure the little girl who wrote that was a teeny tiny Rastafarian.
When the shuttle program was first implemented, I was about that age, or a little older, and I remember what a big deal it was. The "piggyback" jet with the shuttle once landed at our local defunct airbase to refuel, I was there for science fair and we all ran to the fence to see it land.
It's odd to think that 9 yr olds don't know much about it at all. I guess it's "old news" now, shuttle takeoffs and landings are barely mentioned in the news, unless of course, the toilet backs up on the space station. :)
Yes, I was surprised that they didn't know what the Space Shuttle looked like, but they had seen pictures of and from the Mars Rovers, and they knew that there was an International Space Station.
2008-06-12 16:04 (UTC)
For a person with a mortal dread of public speaking, I sure have signed up to do a lot of it.
Someone's got to undo the damage the rest of the world has inflicted upon them!
I like "Explore. Try to take over world" especially. As if the kid wrote down "explore" and then confused himself. Waitaminute...why do they explore? Oh yes, the taking over the world thing.
The truly exasperating thing is that I don't think he was taking the piss. If it had come from an older child, maybe. He also wrote "No I don't know" as a response to the third question. Sigh.
It was. I think I'm still a little bit high from it!
You know, I was all ready for them to ask me questions about my personal life. I'd been repeatedly warned at various training sessions for volunteers that it was very likely to happen, and to be prepared to draw the line line when I didn't want to answer. But they were so caught up in astronauts and rockets and moons that it didn't even occur to them. I doubt I'll be that lucky every time though.
I had to re-read the opening bit three times before my brain kicked in...these answers from twenty-two year olds? Is she kidding? My six year old would have phrased it better... Reading for Content, wheee!
I bet they loved the talk--you could film yourself & be appreciated by millions! ;) (if so, I'd like a copy. Just sayin')
The organizers and the teacher made me sound really important in my introduction, and they stressed how privileged the kids were that I took time out of my day to come to talk to them. On the one hand, this had the effect of causing them to sit still during my talk, which was good. On the other hand, it made them terrified of me, initially. Once I started asking them questions, they got properly engaged and lost their fear, but I'm not so sure that was the best way to start!
Also, meetings. They love meetings. Argh.
this so rules. wish i could have been in said class. srsly.
It was a talk I'd modified slightly that targets 12-13 year olds, and there was some stuff that went way over their heads. I'm sure the adults in the room probably got more out of it, in a technical sense, than the kids!
I like outreach work. Primary school children ask the hardest questions by far!
I'm looking forward to hearing what the Year 12s ask, but I'm willing to bet their questions won't be nearly as wide-ranging or entertaining.