What an eventful week! This week started out with Jenna's return to ACP (for a week) and the rush to get the poster done for CNSF. Thankfully the poster was finally finished – thanks to everyone who helped out by correcting wording, fixing formatting, or by providing materials! We sent it off with Liz to Staples to have it printed and laminated. That afternoon was the ACP picnic and it was a ton of fun! We had two demo rooms – the Rainbow Room and Science Fun with Boomwhackers and Slinkys. Dr. Layman came to help out. The Rainbow Room when spectacularly, however, the wave room was less than good. We didn't have a lesson plan and had intended to do one or two demos of what we did at Yorktown but that didn't happen. Oh well, I think the kids had some fun with the slinkys and boomwhackers.
Tuesday morning we got the posters back and they looked FANTASTIC! They weren't laminated or cut right, but we sent them back and got it done right. We had a practice that morning so I continued meeting people from all over the building as we practiced what we would say for Wednesday night. It definitely helped get the jitters out. The rest of the day was dedicated to making a list of things for the SOCK. Jenna and I realized that we have some things pinned down but we are far from done (and we only have five weeks left/12 days here for Jenna because of MRSEC). That seems kinda terrifying, but I think we are off to a great start and we'll have no problems getting everything done on time. That night Jenna and I made cookies for our fellow interns for helping us with the ACP picnic. They were delicious!
Wednesday was a great day, spent mostly on the hill. Jenna, Meagan, Logan, and I went to the Senate Hearing for the Committee for Energy and Natural Resources. It had two witnesses – the first was Dr. Neil Hirst from the International Energy Agency and the second was Dr. Raymond Orbach from the Department of Energy. Dr. Hirst gave a presentation, from a model, which explained how we could either keep our CO2 levels the same by 2050 or reduce them by 50%. Dr. Orbach then talked about what the DOE is doing right now about what we also to supplement what Dr. Hirst said. The Senators were then allowed 5 minutes each to ask questions. The first one, the Chairman, was very polite and asked some good questions. The second one however, was very disrespectful to Dr. Hirst. He basically told him it looked like they threw the presentation together and spent no time getting the data. He also said that he would never give the presentation to anyone ever again. I think if I would have been in Dr. Hirst's shoes and had just spent the last 6 years working on this model, I would have died on the spot. Jenna and I left right after the Senator finished apologizing to Dr. Hirst because we needed to get to ACP to prep for CNSF.
Wednesday night at CNSF went smashingly. Although it was hard to maneuver a giant tri-fold poster on the Metro and although Meagan almost got smashed in the doors – way to go Logan for prying the bag with the give-aways out of the door – we got there all in one piece and altogether. After getting to the Rayburn building and getting everything set up, we had a few minutes to take everything in. Our location was probably the BEST in the entire room. We were just inside the door off to the left so as people came in, we were the first thing they could really see. With the help of Jack, Liz, Meagan (who's GREAT at schmoozing), and various other people we were able to talk to Arden Bement (the director of NSF), Kathie Olsen (the deputy director of NSF), Ann Carlson (also from NSF), Rush Holt (a physicist!), Vernon Ehlers (also a physicist!), and many other interesting people. It was fun getting to exhibit to all kinds of people from various science backgrounds. After we all went out to eat with the Dyllas, Jack, Liz, Jerry, Susannah, and all the interns. It was great getting to talk to everyone outside of the office. Barbara, Daniel, Susannah, Jenna, Jack, and I all talked at our end of the table about science fiction for a while and had a great time. We then went home exhausted and ate cookies and sat on Jenna and Meagan's floor to talk for a bit.
Thursday was a lot less hectic and almost back to normal. Jenna and I met with Kendra to set some deadlines, which makes me feel so much better. I love having a schedule and knowing when things are due. It makes me feel less all over the place. I then spent the day looking through The Physics Teacher online for resources to put into the SOCK lesson plans. We got a lot of things crossed off our list which felt really good. Barbara and I watched a movie last night (instead of me falling asleep at 9:30, yay!!). It's called Copying Beethoven and it wasn't too bad. I would definitely watch it again.
Friday has been about getting more things crossed off the Para Hacer list. We finally decided on Reflection/Refraction as the last topic which is great. We just need to get demos and lessons settled.
This weekend is going to be a blast because we're going to BALTIMORE! Hopefully it doesn't rain too much and stays cool...
Until next week,
Post edited June 30, 2008 at 3:30 PM EST.