On Friday, I had the opportunity to serve the kids that live in a shelter in Atlanta called My Sister's House, where only women and their children can stay. I organized a science fun day on Earth Day for the shelter. We had three stations to teach the kids about things that can hurt the environment and things that can help the environment. They had a chance to make a dragonfly craft. They were so creative. Some kids even put the dragonflies in their hair. We also had a station where they could create a pretend river and then put things in it that would pollute it such as plastic, fertilizer, or even golf balls. Our last station was a worm farm. They learned about what worms eat and how they survive. This was the most popular station. I think they enjoyed watching the worms and trying to figure out which end was the front. For the last hour, we had a build your own worm in the dirt dessert. I gave the kids science kits that I put together and one little girl wanted me to teach her how to use it. When she finished putting it together, she tried playing it and her face lit up! She was so excited that she could build something that made a sound. I had her write down her observations and she wrote: "I found out that this thingy can make a cool sound." It was an awesome experience!
My name is Angelica Krubeck and I am 12 years old. I love science. It's one of my favorite things to do. When I was 8, one of my friends opened up to me. She shared how she grew up in a shelter and how hard every day was. After that conversation, I decided I wanted to help kids like her in some way. Science I love and kids I love, so put them together and it just makes sense. I knew that some kids out there don't get the chance to be creative with science, like how I do. I strongly believe that no kid should be without the education and enjoyment of science! Not only does it help them get away from their worries for a little while, but it also provides education to them. I hope to inspire kids to do great things, to succeed in science, and to develop a love for science despite the challenges they are facing in their life.