As a young child, I begged my parents for science kits. I had a microscope and put just about everything under it to get a closer look. I was fascinated by the world of science, but knew at an early age that I didn’t want to be a doctor. I had no idea that science could be an actual career without going to medical school.
As a sophomore in high school, I enrolled in Biology…the dreaded course of all sophomores. It was deemed the hardest and most intense class at my all-girls private school. To my surprise, biology came easy to me and my teacher, Mrs. Fay Lewis, took notice. She invited me to compete in an academic rally in biology on behalf of my school and later asked me to assist in biology experiments for our Open House. I was hooked. The confidence that Mrs. Lewis instilled in me is directly responsible for attainment of both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Lewis (almost 20 years later, yikes!) and thanking her for making such a difference in my life.
Did a Science teacher make a difference in your life or the life of your child? Help get them to Science on the Rockies to be held July 10-12, 2012! Rayovac is once again teaming up with Steve Spangler Science and his team of award winning teachers to provide three educators entrance to this hands-on science institute, a prize worth $895. Through May 9, educators at any grade level can nominate themselves for a chance to win one of three admissions by submitting an online essay up to 300 words explaining how they inspire students and bring learning to life. Science in the Rockies will help teachers learn ways to inspire and captivate their students and instill a love of science through hands-on experiments such as the one below. I totally want to go!