Science Isn't Just For NASA: You Can Bust Out Your Own Science Spark

September 11, 2014 9:24 PM

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Science Isn't Just For NASA: You Can Bust Out Your Own Science Spark

You might think that the first thing people would want to talk about when they find out I'm part of the Earth science team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), would be satellites or astronauts, or, well, anything Earth or space related. But nope, that's not the case. The most common thing I hear when someone finds out I work at NASA is "I used to love science when I was a kid."

A little while ago, I was helping chaperone a group of third-graders who came to visit the lab on a field trip. There's an insane amount of coolness to check out at JPL: the spacecraft assembly facility, mission control, models of rovers and two museums. The kids were extremely well behaved. They sa...

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