Kyle Pichan, a student at Wayne County Community College District, is our October 2017 volunteer of the month. You can find him among our exhibits, inspiring the next generation to explore.
My name is Kyle Pichan. I am 16 years old and in my second year of college and I am hoping to pursue a career in graphic animation and design. Outside of college I enjoy poetry, music, playing the guitar, and I am a bit of a tech nerd. But above all I have an overwhelming amazement with engineering and science and that is why I started volunteering at the Michigan Science Center. I first started volunteering around July of 2017, and I remembered how as a child, my parents would take me to places like the Michigan Science Center and how I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences.
Currently I am a college student going to Wayne County Community College District because my parents wouldn’t let me go to university until I am 18. I have a form of autism called Asperger’s which is a focusing and learning disability that makes it difficult to learn and understand new information. In grade school, this disability caused my grades to suffer and my parents switched to home schooling so that I could get a more one-on-one, personalized education. My parents and I soon discovered that I was a hands-on learner and places like the Science Center helped me a LOT. These experiences inspired me, so when the opportunity to volunteer presented itself, I knew I had to do it.
Volunteering for me, means a chance to inspire someone the way that I felt inspired. That’s why my two favorite things to do when I volunteer are to work at the Explainer Station and the Smithsonian Spark!Lab. Those are, in my opinion, the two greatest spots in the Science Center because, the hands-on, interactive components make the result of the experiment better.
That “aha” moment – when I see on someone’s face that I’ve shown them something that has inspired them to learn more – just gives me a great feeling and that is why I volunteer. I know how being inspired can help change your life for the better, sometimes in ways you can’t even imagine, so to think that I have given someone that feeling even in the slightest way is why I love volunteering.