Awakening Your Inner Scientist

By: Lauren Rivers, Education Director

 ExWorks Education Director, Lauren Rivers, with her brothers Joseph and Nicholas

ExWorks Education Director, Lauren Rivers, with her brothers Joseph and Nicholas

When I was six, my parents loaded my brothers and me into the family van and drove from Ohio to Maine for summer vacation. We kids were enrolled in something called "Science Camp", which sounded suspiciously like code for "Keep-the-kids-busy-Camp". We were pretty sure our parents were dumping us with college students posing as science teachers, while they escaped to bike the Maine coast.

When my parents returned to retrieve us that first day, they found a wide-eyed girl with a new zeal for investigating under rocks, mixing gooey concoctions and asking endless questions. Turns out, "Science Camp" is actually code for "Mind-blowing-skill-building-thought-provoking-crazy-fun". I couldn't wait to return the next day to find out what experiments awaited my newly awoken scientist.

Since then, I've always tried to approach learning as something that should be fun - not forced. When life brought me to ExplorationWorks, I felt transported to that long-ago summer, flipping rocks with magnifying lens in hand. Here was a place that understood kids' need to investigate, to experiment, to poke and prod and question. Here was a place where I could return the gift I received as a bored, homesick little girl. 

With every summer science camp I teach, I ask myself, "How would six-year-old me want to learn about this?" The results usually look a lot like this...

For more information on ExplorationWorks Summer Camps, visit www.explorationworks.org/summer-camps.