The first ever Nantucket Science Festival is right around the corner! This hands-on and interactive event is full of activities for all ages from preschool to adult. Hosted by the Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Community School, the Nantucket Science Festival is all about connecting people with their inner scientist. There will be fun and gooey substances to play with, mechanical machines to dismantle, electrical circuits to build, robots to build and program, and experiments in nanotechnology to perform.
While many activities are geared towards kids, adults will have an equally exciting experience. I often hear people say something along the lines of “I’m not a scientist, but here’s my opinion.” This statement is seriously inaccurate! Your opinion is based on the same information a scientist would collect. In reality, we are all capable of doing what a ‘scientist’ does and we do it every day.
A scientist observes, questions, deduces meaning, and experiments. Here is an extremely simple example: When you see someone slip and fall, as I did recently, you immediately question why, observe all the ice on the ground, and deduce that the ice is slippery and that maybe you should be careful too. Unlike me, hopefully you put that knowledge to use as you hurry over to help. I hurried over and promptly slipped myself- that was my experiment. This may sound like too simplistic an example, but if you apply the ‘observe, question, deduce, experiment’ technique to bigger questions, you are doing the same thing that led to the discoveries of vaccines, electricity, pasteurization, flight, lasers, and modern medicine.
Since we all are capable of being a scientist, no matter what a person’s background, everyone will learn something at the Nantucket Science Festival. Bring the whole family!