The Explorium

March 14, 2007 at 1:23 am 2 comments

Saturday morning, J and I headed downtown to the Explorium for 2 solid hours of volunteering. After spending an awkward 15 min standing around and staring at each other, some kids showed up, and from there on out, things seemed to go well.

Jason colored with the kids. I ran around giving everyone the Stroop Test (basically, it’s a test of attention). We had slightly different approaches to teaching. For example:

kid: I like coloring.
Jason: That’s because your brain releases dopamine when you color.

kid: I know that your brain makes you smart.
Jen: That’s right! Do you know what kinds of things you should do to keep your brain smart? One thing you can do is eat your fruit and vegetables.
kid: I like carrots. And broccoli.

Excellent. Even though the kid Jason was coloring with was a few years older, I am fairly certain that the dopamine comment was lost on her. It’s good to keep it simple.

J’s recently been impersonating a med student that we volunteered with, and it’s pretty hillarious. At the organizational meeting, this guy made sure to inform everyone that he had gotten his fellow med students to volunteer so that they could test reflexes (by the way, reflexes don’t require your brain, just your spinal cord), and he went on and on about it to the point where we were all clear about how much better he was than the rest of us because he was a med student. Also, he sat and typed on his computer through the rest of the meeting, and at one point made the speaker repeat information because he was typing – but he continued to type while the speaker repeated the information. (FYI: this type of behavior makes me lose confidence in and respect for doctors). Anyways, we’re at the event on Saturday, and the guy can’t even get people’s reflexes to work – all that bragging for nothing! Think it’s karma?

(which makes me wonder what’s coming our way for making fun of the guy)

Afterwards, we ate at Brooklyn Pizza, and it was delicious. Both the Explorium and Brooklyn Pizza are housed in Victorian Square, which is a pretty cool little mall housed in historic buildings in downtown Lexington. I am certain we’ll be back for more.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amy  |  March 14, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Hmm…I can’t post on your garden post. But my guess = crocus.

    P.S. Kevin and I enjoy how much you make fun of Jason on your blog.

  • 2. mom  |  April 15, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I’m sure Jason went on to explain what dopamine is to that child and now that child aspires to be a smart research scientist just like Jason!


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