Just to be clear, the Virtual Science Fair was not my idea. It was the brainchild of my awesome friend Stimey, and I’ll let her words speak for themselves. The only thing I have to add is this: WOW. What an amazing outpouring of love and support and SCIENCE, and I couldn’t think of any better gift than to see mamas loving their children by sharing science with them on the day that I had my third surgery to remove the third cancer from my body (4/7/10). Thank you — and if you haven’t visited each and every one of these lovely women and men, what are you waiting for?
Reprinted from Stimeyland, with permission:
There are a lot of people out there who know and love Susan, a.k.a. WhyMommy. She is beloved by many people, both in real life and in the blogosphere. There is a reason for that. She is an amazing person. She is smart, she is kind, she is probably the most conscious parent I know.
She has also done a lot to spread cancer awareness. After getting a rare type of breast cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, that presents without a lump, she courageously let us join her in her battle, teaching us what cancer treatment and recovery looks like.
Unfortunately, Susan recently had a recurrence and is going to go in for surgery today to restart her battle. I hope she knows that she is not alone. I hope she knows that even though we can’t all be there in person, we are thinking of her, sending love, good wishes, and prayers.
That is what Team WhyMommy‘s Virtual Science Fair is all about. We want her to know that she is loved and supported. But we also want her to know that our love and support is not all because of the cancer. We love and support her because of who she is, not just because of what she has. She is not just a cancer fighter, but an incredible person, one who is passionate about science and especially women who do science.
Bloggers from around the country and, dare I say, world, have spent some time over the past few days doing science. We’ve done science with our kids or with our friends or by ourselves. And we are writing about it today to show Susan how she inspires us. How she is truly making a difference in lives all over the world by encouraging all of us to believe that we can be scientists, whether it be on the smallest, let’s-take-a-walk-in-the-park scale or the largest, I’m-going-to-get-a-degree-in-planetary-science scale.
All of the bloggers participating in Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair will be putting links to their posts here today. If you haven’t done this yet, there’s still time. Go do something science-y, write about it, then come back here and put your link in the Mr. Linky below. (Be sure to link specifically to your science fair post, not your blog in general.) If you’re not a blogger, tell me what you did in my comment section. And don’t forget to head over to Susan’s site to give her some love, encouragement, and virtual hugs. She’s going to beat this thing (again), and is going to go on to do even more incredible things.
Susan, we love you.
Everyone has seen the tired old science fair project, such as the volcano or the styrofoam solar system, which have been favorites of many parents for what feels like generations. These projects are relatively simple and easy from the parent’s point of view, but they are incredibly bad choices for the children involved. Why?These are the kind of projects that are so well-known that even the students know what is going to happen. And when that happens, the students are not learning anything, and their performance suffers during the presentation portion of science fairs because of it. Science fair judges have gotten bored with these types of projects, and that’s a big problem for students who endeavor to win prizes in their science fair. In the end, this kind of project is only really good for the parents, and surprisingly, these kinds of projects are not even particularly cheap!”
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