A good week: kick in the face to self-worth included.

It’s been a bit of a slow week — actually it’s gone by incredibly fast. So fast in fact that I’m struggling to recall what I’ve gotten up to in the last few days (I think the trip to the museum has caused some permanent damage). Nevertheless, I’ll try and flesh it out.

The majority of this week has been dedicated to putting together the content for the case studies on the Mad Scientist Tea Parties and The Edge’s Science Fair. The first of the two was the precursor to the ongoing Clever Convention series and started in the Bioscience programming period, and due to it’s positive reception was extended into Cosmology. Throughout these two periods there were six events and eight guest speakers, including a Dr Tamara Davis. Google that name if you want to give your feelings of self-worth a good kick to the face or maybe a stabbing — something violent and messy in any case. All you have to know is that she is possibly some kind of superhuman achiever and is actually an expert astrophysicist so she can locate her home planet of Krypton. I’m sorry if I come across as bitterly jealous (I am a little), but I’m definitely feeling more like ‘Let me paint you’. So, Dr Tamara Davis, if you’re reading this, how about it? Most of my work is underground, having been burnt in fires and since absorbed into the earth, but I’m currently experimenting with finger painting and Etcha-Sketch. Would love to hear from you…

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It’s a volcano…

Moving on…

The Science Fair was essentially the culminating event of the Bioscience programming period and was a day of workshops and fun, from making liquid nitrogen sorbet to the Science Fair classic — the model volcano! Other activities for the day included, bio powered racing boats, making organic fashion textiles from bacterial cellulose and DIY jewellery workshops using preserved botanic samples. There was an award ceremony for each of these activities and the evening was capped off with the final Mad Scientist Tea Party for the Bioscience period. The hardest part about writing the case studies was trying to summarise them into a Tweetable (?) blurb — I don’t think I’ve ever really had to express myself in 140 characters or less. I was still using more characters than that when I had a Nokia 3310 and the only other time that I’m forced to be concise is when I’m talking to my dog (Mum says he has dementia). All that being said, given that I’m interested in copywriting, the ability to write concisely is essential. So it’s good practice.

In other news this week, I was allowed to sit in on one of the Creative Community Computing (CCC) workshops held by Andrei, The Edge’s Outreach Catalyst. Essentially the program aims to address the digital divide, a problem that is growing between cultures regarding competency with technology. It was definitely an intimidating experience, being told that I had to put back together a computer. I never played Operation as a kid so I was at a natural disadvantage, besides that my hands were shaking and Andrei told me that if I touched a part of the CPU (which I felt 95% sure I would) it would break. But with the help of fellow intern, Sophie, we prevailed and managed to put it back together — and with two screws to spare! Yay, team!

All in all, a good week.

 

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