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For my work, I sometimes have to travel to conferences and events where we display and handouts (brochures, pamphlets, etc.) I will sit there at a table looking at passersby pausing to take a LOOK at the cool astronomy pictures and the colorful handouts that we have at our table. The problem is that they are sometimes doing it from a distance. They are hesitant (afraid?) to come up and take a closer look.

The fact people stop to take a longer look tells me that they are curious. Why they don’t try to find out more puzzles me.

If I am curious about something, I will try to find out more about it. I may realize it is something I do not like and find interesting but I may also realize it is something even more WONDERFUL than I imagined and enjoy it. I would never know if I do not try to find out more.

So, don’t be shy. Next you go to a science fair or other similar events, if you see something interesting HEAD ON OVER, take a closer LOOK, ASK questions. You just may discover something truly OUTSTANDING.

Note for parents: Children can sometimes be shy about approaching a stranger (rightly so) even if it is in a safe environment like a science conference. Therefore, it is not enough to nudge your child towards something that he or she find interesting. It is your duty as a parent to accompany the child so that they may satisfy their curiosity.

You, the parent, do not have to have interest in the science that is being presented. Walk your child over to the thing he or she finding interesting and tell the presenter so. The presenter will/should then address the child directly and tell him or her about what is being presented and answer any questions the child may have.

Often I see parents pretending to be interested on behalf of their children. The presenter, if they do not pick up on this, will address the parent instead of the child, causing the child to perhaps think that science is not suitable for them, which is a great loss. 

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