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February 1, 2016 Comments Off on Quentin: Volunteer of the Month February 2016 Views: 3590 Blog, Educational Programs

Quentin: Volunteer of the Month February 2016

Hello to the curious minds of the world,

I have been volunteering at the Michigan Science Center for almost half a year now. It has been an absolute blast introducing and re-introducing both young and matured minds to the wonders of science and engineering. As a kid growing up in the heart of Detroit, I have fond memories of visiting our area science centers and getting to see the captivating exhibits and demonstrations. Now, almost 20 years later, I am working with MiSci to stoke within the youth of today the same awe and curiosity that took over me back then.

Like most science geeks my passion and curiosity started early in life. The whole world amazed me and I strove to find out as much as I could about it. How fast does a Cheetah run? Why do some trees have flat leaves and others needle leaves? How big could a T. Rex be? I would search for the answers to these questions and many more within books, magazines and other media focused on science and the natural world. Once I found my answers I would then proceed to share them with whomever would listen. Learning about the marvels of science and nature lights a fire in my heart. It enamors me to this wild and wonderful universe we live in and I want to share than feeling with any and every person I can.

I know a great part of my ability to believe in my capabilities in STEM came from being surrounded by successful and intelligent people who assisted in cultivating my mind to reject the imaginary limitations of what we are told a black boy from the city can achieve.  That is why the greatest of my goals while volunteering at MiSci is to inspire young black boys and girls to not only develop an interest in STEM but, more importantly, acquire questioning and curious minds. I want to be able to show them that despite what society may implicitly tell them, their skin color and cultural background does not determine their intellectual prowess or ability to develop powerful new ideas.

To end my letter, I would like to leave with this thought. Science, technology, engineering and math are not just for brainiacs and whiz kids. The scientific method, the root of the entire scientific process, is a natural pattern of thought that all humans perform on a daily basis whether they know it or not. Science is something we can all perform and we can all benefit from. Don’t be afraid to make observations, ask questions, form hypotheses, perform experiments and analyze your results. You never know what amazing mysteries you may solve or new truths you may uncover!

If this letter inspires you to share your passion for science then come join me at the Michigan Science Center by becoming a volunteer! More information can be found here.

Thank you reading!

Quentin Turner

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