|UC San Diego bioengineering students at the USA Science and |
Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
|Bioengineers teach festival attendees about the extracellular |
matrix and drug/fluorescent targeting.
Q: How did you get interested in outreach?
|Bioengineering students at their booth at USASEF|
Katherine Nguyen: That was an understatement.
Taylor Martin: Their mom was there and they had shirts. That was so cool. These girls had taken so much interest in science and were willing to do something that I would have been terrified to do at that age, acting as an authority at this big giant festival. They were so confident and involved.
Reo Yoo: It’s nerve-wracking. It’s not just kids there. There are professors and doctors who are there to present.
Julia Hardy: My favorite experience at the festival itself was a group of around 15 six-year olds that came to our booth. They were like ’Science!’ They were so excited about science. One kid was crying that he couldn't touch our demo. He was so sad that he couldn't interact with the demo, since there were too many people in front of it. So we passed it around and he finally got to touch it. It was the little kids that get so excited. That’s what we need to nurture. Give kids the world and they'll do amazing things with it.