I swear, I think the most fun I could ever have is being a educational docent at a children’s museum. But, since I can’t, the next best thing is going to be giving a lecture for my friend R.’s fourth grade class about forensic DNA analysis from my days at the crime lab. Yes, even though I had worked there 9 years ago, the principles are the same and end result is the same, though some of the technical details have changed. I keep in contact with my dear friend/mentor/father figure Dan at the crime lab and he’s kept me abreast of some of the changes, though he’s going send me a dvd of what he provides for lectures that he gives to schools so I can get some ideas from.
Of all the things I had to put together over the last week (revamp my resume, dig up old tax records and provide a salary history, make phone calls inquiries for day-care, even get ready for Christmas parties all next week), getting this lecture ready is proving to be fun. I already have a basic outline, now I just need a few pictures and some details to make it fun.
It’s been my dream to inspire kids (and girls especially) to go into science. Yeah, teaching kids is one of those big MAYBEs, but not exactly enough to really make me inspired. I’ll let you know how things go in two weeks. Who knows, this might be a life-changing event for me.