How did you first learn about the Children's Science Center?
I first learned about Children's Science Center in May 2016, when I became a member of the Vienna-Oakton chapter of Young Men's Service League (YMSL).
YMSL is a non-profit organization that encourages teenage boys and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community. My first position at YMSL was Philanthropy Liaison to Children's Science Center, a role which I really enjoyed and continue today. I work closely with Children's Science Center representatives, determining their volunteer needs and then reaching out to YMSL members to schedule service hours at the Lab or in the community.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am originally from Buffalo, NY but have lived in the DC Metro area for almost 30 years. I currently live in Vienna, VA with my husband, three sons, and golden retriever. Two of my sons are in college and my youngest, Brendan, is a senior in high school. As YMSL members, Brendan and I started volunteering at the Children's Science Center the summer before he started high school. The Children's Science Center quickly became one of our favorite places to volunteer! Brendan started out doing Lab Prep, became a Lab Volunteer, and then worked his way up to a Lab Intern this past summer. We have both thoroughly enjoyed our volunteer experiences at the Children's Science Center.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering with the Center?
As a mom, my favorite part about volunteering at Children's Science Center has been spending time with my son while giving back to our community. Seeing kids light up as they engage in STEM learning is especially rewarding. It has also been wonderful watching Children's Science Center grow over the past several years. It is a truly special place and has a very bright future!
What scientist do you admire most and why?
I admire "Bill Nye the Science Guy" for his dedication in educating children about science. Through his widely acclaimed television shows and books, he has made learning about science fun, cool, and accessible for kids all over the world.
How can we inspire young people to become interested in science?
Places like the Children's Science Center, which offer hands-on learning, are invaluable in inspiring young people to become interested in science. I always thought that my son, Brendan, would major in Business when he started college. After his years volunteering at the Children's Science Center, he has decided to pursue a degree in Engineering! You never know who will be bitten by the STEM bug and what scientific advancements may occur as a result.
What is one scientific question you would like to see answered in your lifetime?
My family, like countless others, have been negatively impacted by cancer. I would love to see a cure for this insidious disease during my lifetime.
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