Our October Volunteer of the Month, Ian Price, visited Science Centers as a child, and first joined the MiSci team as an internship program run through his high school. He is currently a student at Wayne State University and still finds time to volunteer for the Michigan Science Center:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
My parents and other old timers in my family have always drilled this philosophy into my head since far before I could comprehend what it truly meant. The experience I attribute to my time volunteering at the Michigan Science Center solidified my understanding of this phrase and guided my choice for a career path.
The opportunity to volunteer at the Science Center is far more than an opportunity to check off hours on your high school community service forms, this being the very thing that my peers and I had intended to do; this was an opportunity to contribute to the knowledge, excitement, and understanding of the scientific environment to kids of all ages. As a volunteers, we met new friends and expressed the professionalism and excitement that goes into every worker and exhibit on and off site.
My personal favorite floor was the second floor physics exhibit. With stations designed to teach the children about the basics of physics and astronomy; interactive sections ranged from kinetic energy and astrophysics, to sound, light, and electro-magnetism. Just walking into the Center makes it clear to everyone that this is not a place of just learning, it is a place of wonder and exploration where children learn to teach themselves and we as volunteers and staff guide their understanding.
I never felt as though I was working while contributing to the Science Center community. I only felt like I was making a difference in someone’s life and understanding of the sciences. The environment and exhibits were so captivating that I asked for more volunteer opportunities and to this day still go whenever I can. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to share this experience with you.
My name is Ian Price, and I am a Michigan Science Center volunteer!