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March for Science!

If there is a March for Science in your city this weekend, GO GO GO. I am actually going to get out there this time.

I have always seen the need for science to look at its relationship to people, and there is destined to be a gap there. How do we get kids into science? How do we convinced politicians that funding science will bring economic, ecological, quality of life benefits that help the entire population?

I am trained to troubleshoot data bus problems, not people problems. I can't hook up on oscilloscope to sociology. I'm like every engineer. So the gap continues.

Get out there and be part of the conversation. Learn about organizations that are bridging the gap. Keep asking questions, just like you do when you're working on a technical project.

And if anybody tries to stop you, be a resistor. Or a capacitor. Or a transistor. Or a power source. You can do pretty much anything with those.

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Comments

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anais_pf
Apr. 21st, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
Or, as my mother (a retired science teacher who was good at bridging the gap between science and young people) loves to say, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.
smittenbyu
Apr. 21st, 2017 03:16 pm (UTC)
We are going! I was debating whether to take my kid. But she is going with me. She will be making her posters tonight! I see this as a wonderful thing for my girl who has been so anxious hearing all the crazy things to see that not all people are crazy! (Of course, it looks like it will rain... but we will go)
sidleypkhermit
Apr. 21st, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
Involving the kids is so important! There have been lots of kids and families at the rallies/marches in the Bay since January and it's so wonderful to see them there.
smittenbyu
Apr. 21st, 2017 07:44 pm (UTC)
yes! And she has soooooo many ideas!! She has been coming home and telling me all about current state of affairs and she is getting anxious about it, as hubby and I being non-citizens and brown skinned - she heard that 45 wants to send us home through friends (who think that's wrong and idiotic - 7 year olds have better sense). They talk so much about this in the classroom!

She made me a sign to carry at the women's march - I didn't take her. It was a million people here in DC. We were there from 8am-5:30pm. No way, she would have lasted. OK...I wouldn't have lasted with her!! :P Tomorrow, doubt there will be a million - and am hoping it will be just as positive as January's. From the sound of what I am hearing, there will be more kids tomorrow!

So, am seeing tomorrow as something positive for her to be part of.

Edited at 2017-04-21 07:45 pm (UTC)
yamamanama
Apr. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
Be a flux capacitor. Then you could go back and set things right.
sidleypkhermit
Apr. 21st, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
We're going! Planning to take signs that highlight this administration's war on global health. (Everyone talk to your reps about the Global H.E.R. Act!)
koremelanaigis
Apr. 22nd, 2017 02:47 am (UTC)
I've just come back home from the March for Science. I took my kids and so did several others, our march was a shortish walk with a few talks at the end, so not too long or boring for them.

I took our buggy even though none of the kids normally use it any more, but I'm glad I did, they all took turns and it was especially good on the half an hour walk uphill back to the car.
spacefem
Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
The world of protesting needs to figure out how to shuttle families back to their starting point!
koremelanaigis
Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Our car was so far away because we'd parked it outside the CBD and taken the bus in, we could have taken the bus back out too, but I didn't want to as we had no time pressure and it was such a nice day.

Your point is valid and I've certainly been on many a march that would have been terrible with kids.

I want to acknowledge that the organisers of this march (some of whom took their kids with them) did a great job, I think they planned the march with families in mind. The protest even ended at the museum (rather than parliament, where you'd expect it to end). The kids enjoyed looking and playing around in the museum for a bit before going back home.
secret_woman
Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:21 am (UTC)

What is the march for science? I'm assuming we don't have one here because I've never heard of it. Science has always been fascinating to me!

sidleypkhermit
Apr. 22nd, 2017 06:04 am (UTC)
There might be one near you -- apparently there'll be at least 610 of them around the world! https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches/
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