It’s always a blast to hear the kids shout “Complex Systems!” before they start their LabVenture!.
But we also love to hear from our educators who lead the Cohen Center experience. These educators are every bit as excited as the students, and they share some of the most inspiring stories – albeit at a much lower volume.
This year, almost 9,500 students came through our doors for a hands-on investigation of a science mystery.
Here are three of our educators’ favorite interactions with the kids this year:
1. Marine biologist to-be
One student ran up to tell me how excited he was to be here for LabVenture!. He told me how much fun he was having, and then asked me what it was like to work at GMRI. After I answered some of his questions, he told me he wanted to go to college for marine biology, which would make him the first person in his family to go to college! How cool is that?"
2. Second time's a charm
On rare occasions, some students get to participate in LabVenture! twice – usually because they change schools between 5th and 6th grade. One such student was a favorite of mine this year. She seemed even more excited than the rest of her classmates, who were here for the first time. She assured me that she wouldn't give away all the "answers", but promised to lend a helping hand when the team needed it. Throughout the visit, she used all the tools of science with ease and felt very comfortable instructing other students. It was so nice to watch her use that previous experience to enhance her second time at GMRI, while also helping her classmates."
3. Thank you
One of my favorite parts of LabVenture! is reading the thank you notes we get from visiting classes. Usually, a note comes from the whole class, but one day this year we received a thank you note from an individual student who wrote to us on her own time. She said her visit a few weeks prior was so much fun that she wished she could bring her family. The experience clearly made a real impression on her. I was so impressed that she would send her own thank you note weeks later – and that she'd want to share LabVenture! with her family!"
— Becca Stanley, Cohen Center Fellow in Interactive Learning