How did you first learn about the Children's Science Center?
I was looking for something fun to do with my niece who was visiting. We came to the Children's Science Center Lab and had a great time making hovercrafts.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where are you from, occupation, homelife, etc.
I grew up in Norfolk, VA where I graduated from Old Dominion University. My career was in technology as a Systems Engineer and an IT business analyst. I have two sons; one is a musician and the other is an electro-mechanical engineer.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering with the Center?
I love seeing the enthusiasm of the children when they do the hands-on activities and experiments. I also enjoy working with the staff who are so knowledgeable and creative in developing the activities.
What scientist do you admire most and why?
I admire the scientists who took part in mapping the Human Genome. The knowledge gained in this collaborative research effort has been critical in the development of new ways to prevent, treat and cure diseases.
How can we inspire young people to become interested in science?
Make science fun and relatable to everyday life. The Lab does a great job providing fun hands-on science experiments and letting the kids explore and learn at their own pace.
What is one scientific question you would like to see answered in your lifetime?
I would like to see renewable energy sources become affordable enough so that they can be used as a standard construction practice in all buildings and houses. This would be an important step to reduce the greenhouse gases produced in everyday living.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering with the Children's Science Center, please visit childsci.org.