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From Now until November 25 Bayer is asking you to identify your favorite mentor, someone that inspired you in science and say thank you. Everyone can point back to a mentor who has fostered scientific creativity – whether a teacher who had a knack for making science lessons exciting, an encouraging parent who nailed the role of science project sidekick or a professional who inspired you. In its 20th anniversary Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense campaign, the “Tk U” campaign, is announcing a five year commitment to providing access to one million hands-on science learning experiences for kids by 2020. When asked to participate in the SayTkU.com campaign I was reminded of someone in my life that did inspire me. She was a science teacher, she was my honors science teacher in eighth grade and I had her twice a day because I was taking two science classes at one time.
Oh man it drives me crazy that in this moment I can’t even remember her name. She inspired me in so many ways. She not only taught us about science she taught us life lessons. I had her first thing in the morning and then also in the afternoon. Since she was my morning teacher, she was my homeroom teacher. She handled bullying in a way it should be handled in classes now. We had kids calling each other names and picking on kids. She called us all in and yelled at all of us. She didn’t single out the person that was being picked on and she didn’t call out the bully but she reminded us that we were all the same. We were all “nerds”. We were all equals taking two science classes and that we needed to get over it and be colleagues. We had the rest of our lives to work together and make a difference in this world. She basically told us to grow up. She also was tough on cheating. And she was amazing with science. I can’t imagine teaching seven periods and having the same kids twice a day. I can’t even imagine what my daughter’s teacher goes through every day. I volunteered in her class and it’s crazy.
She always had a smile on her face and encouraged science projects. I learned so much from her. I didn’t end up a scientist but I did go to college for computer science. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science with an art emphasis and I really understand computers. All of us need a teacher to take a moment and show us more than class work. She really connected with me and I think a few of my classmates. That has always stuck with me.
Bayer wants you to think of someone in your life or your child’s life that made a difference. Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide, award-winning initiative that advances science literacy across the United States. MSMS allows students to learn science by doing science through hands-on, inquiry-based experiences that involve observing, experimenting, hypothesizing, analyzing and testing. For each “thank you” message shared, Bayer will provide free admission to a STEM venue for a child (up to 25,000 admissions). These experiences, which may include a day-long adventure at a local science museum or other place of scientific discovery, are intended to not only educate, but also inspire further science-focused exploration and spread the message that science is truly all around us. You can help!!! Help inspire science literacy by saying “thank you” to someone who helped foster your curiosity around science. Post a photo with a handwritten “thank you,” a short video or written message to SayTkU.com or on your social networks using the hashtag #SayTkU.
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