Scientists are great, and I'm not just saying that because I'm married to one and my son wants to be one when he grows up. They are problem solvers who have a passion for learning about the world. I'm very glad the kids get science once a week, and as a volunteer I've gotten to see the kids ooh and aww over creepy crawly bugs, pour water all over the table and test how many paper clips it takes to make various wood sink. I also got to hear from dad and son about the snail races, boy is kindergarten science cool.
We (well, Keegan) just participated in his third annual science fair, and proclaimed he will do this every year. He comes up with these unique ideas, and fortunately doesn't want my help, since I am often at a loss as to what goes on his is creative little mind.
Year one he asked "why do we have electricity?" After hemming and hawing and having my dad draw a little diagram, he gave us the answer, "to make things run." Year two he used his new microscope to look at various objects in the garden and draw pictures. No, it was not exactly solving a problem or developing a hypothesis, but he did it all on his own at 6 years old, and had a blast.
This year he decided to solve a problem he's seen his poor folks struggle with, the tangled up headphones. He designed, with many iterations, and built a set of headphones that you wear around your waist. Oh sure, you could purchase wireless ones, and yes, these aren't the most flattering accessory for a stylish woman like his mom, but I'm proud of my boy.
Sending our thoughts and love out to you, Susan.