Remember the Year 6 students I ran an outreach workshop with a couple of weeks ago?
Last week, I posted the lithographs of Saturn images taken by Cassini to the class, care of IntoUniversity Haringey. Yesterday, I found a big envelope sitting on my chair at work. This is what it contained.
[Image of my big orange thank-you card, with lovingly hand-coloured rocket]
I love that I'm inside the rocket. I love that the rocket is rainbow-coloured. I love that they designed their own logo. In fact, there's nothing that I don't love about this card.
Thank you Dr: nanila. You are the best engineer. Thank you for coming to into university and working with us. Love from Risley Avenue 650!"
[Image of the back of the card, featuring yet another rocket, signed by some of the children]
It tickles me that the stars are stars of David. Also that the second rocket looks like the product of an unholy alliance between a traffic signal and a billiard rack.
I got a bit emotional when I opened it, I must admit. I do hope this experience will help them to retain a positive impression of science and engineering in the face of the impending and inevitable adverse influences.
Definitely. It's not often that you get this level of appreciation from students. I mean, normally they say "thank you" at the end of your visit, but to follow through like this is something really special.