“You don’t have to have all of the answers to be a good scientist. You just have to be curious enough to ask a lot of questions.”
Chelsea has been an outstanding volunteer at the Michigan Science Center. She is a student at Wayne State University, with plans to go into medicine and research. Chelsea also gets a kick out of the learning experience and enjoys solving puzzles!
My name is Chelsea Roberge and I… just really love science! I’m currently studying Biochemistry and Neuroscience at Wayne State University with plans to go into medicine and research. Outside of school, I work as a nursing assistant in a local hospital. In my spare time, I do research, shadow physicians, and, of course, volunteer here at the Michigan Science Center. It sounds like a lot of work, but I’m a bit of a nerd and genuinely enjoy learning and solving puzzles. I get a lot fulfillment from having multiple interactive learning environments.
I am honored to be chosen as Mi-Sci’s volunteer of the month for October 2019, but I’m even more honored by the privilege to be a part of an organization whose goal is to educate by encouraging curiosity and inquisition. When you visit the science center, you don’t just learn fun facts, you’re encouraged to experiment, ask questions, and explore how and why—you actually get to be the scientist! Teaching how to approach a problem like we do in science is so rewarding because that’s when you get to see the empowering a-ha! moments. Personally though, my favorite part is always the slew of questions that follow the a-ha! moment, because new questions demonstrate understanding and intrigue. You don’t have to have all of the answers to be a good scientist. You just have to be curious enough to ask a lot of questions.
On your next visit to Mi-Sci, look for me at the Explainer Station or the Centennial Lab—we have some really clever ways to explore things like sound waves, heat transfer, and electrophysiology. And I’m always excited to share some cool neuroscience. Just ask anyone who knows me!
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…’”