Tonight my students competed in my annual science fair.
I was extremely proud of their efforts. Their projects were truly first rate.
In order to determine a winner (a necessity for any science fair), I require expert judges. This year three friends (a physicist, an engineer and a statistician) volunteered their time and and gave nearly their entire evening to my students.
They were enthusiastic, energetic and meticulous throughout the process, even though this meant a commitment of almost four hours.
For two of them, this was their third year serving as judges, so they knew what they were getting into.
I’d like to think that if I were in their shoes, I would have performed with the same with the same level of dedication, scrupulousness and excitement, but I’m not so sure that I would.
Tonight I am grateful to my three somewhat geeky scientist friends who demonstrated that education, sacrifice and volunteerism remain important parts of their lives.