|I cannot begin to thank you enough for such an amazing experience! I only wish I knew about it sooner so I could've taken advantage of all 3 days with my son. It was fun, it was engaging, it was obviously educational, my son is beyond inspired, and that's most what I want to thank you for.
My son is a smart, curious kid, but he also has dyspraxia (fine motor trouble, he's slow to get work done, etc). He started school this year SO excited about first grade. He gets the material, but he gets held in from recess to finish work, etc and his enthusiasm for school, and learning, has taken a beating this year. You people and your PHENOMENAL festival single-handedly, in a single day, re-inspired him and gave him SUCH a shot of confidence, it is just amazing. He is literally standing taller, days later, due to the successes he had doing experiments, and from encouragement he received from "real scientists". He is still talking most of all about how his lego structure survived the tsunami tank , among other things. While waiting for the metro he looked up at me with wonder in his eyes and said, "can you believe it mom? REAL SCIENTISTS said to me that I had good ideas!" I can't begin to tell you what that means to him, and to me, for a kid w ho's always hearing about how slow he is, or how messy his handwriting is, to give him a kind word, to entertain his questions, and to give him feedback on his ideas, was nothing less than a gift. To us both. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
|We came from TN for this event. My son is 17 and was looking at physic as a degree choice. We met some amazing folks who provided some great information! I think the decision has been made. I would like to say thank you to all the NASA staff and other educators for encouraging my son to "find something fun! Enjoy what you do!" kind of job.|