It’s funny how things end up the way they do. For instance, I never thought I would ever work for a physics research center. It’s not my area of expertise and I remember clearly avoiding it in high school (which is a shame). But somehow, despite my best efforts to turn my back on physics, I kept coming back to it because of the questions I started asking. Where do we come from? What is life? How did our universe form? I am amazed by the tangible nature we can see but more bewildered by phenomenon we can not see easily. It is that sense of mystery and wonder which has led me to see the parallel between psychology/neuroscience and physics. The human brain is a complex machine that we still do not fully understand and our understanding of matter and how it behaves is yet to be complete. I am in constant awe of the brilliant minds that work on understanding the mechanisms at play from the smallest to the largest scale in our cosmos.
To be a part of a team traveling all across the country engaging youth and families in science was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I could not miss out on. So, you can imagine my excitement when I received the job offer. Before I knew it, I was at Perimeter Institute (PI) in Waterloo, ON, meeting new faces, absorbing copious amounts of information and integrating myself into my soon to be family on the road. I could not have asked for a better team: a marine biologist and pop culture queen from my science communication program, a quantum physicist and musician who loves lasers and stringed instruments, a crocheting A/V tech who owns almost all video game consoles and a passionate science educator with some serious guitar talent. We’re pretty much ready to take on anything that comes our way.
The tour itself consists of two parts for us: the presentation and the traveling exhibit. The script was created by a team at PI and focuses on innovation, particularly its importance and how we can become innovative. The interactive segment, stunning visuals and our inspiring script connects with the audience and demonstrates that anyone can be an innovator. Despite having a script, we still get a chance to make it our own by for example, talking about our own experiences or initiating a discussion with the audience.
Overall, I think the training was pretty solid. I’m stoked for the new year. Now, to practice that presentation…
Stay tuned for more updates as I travel across Canada!