To see the world through the eyes of a child. It’s what we all hope for and get nostalgic over. Have you ever wondered why? The world is so big and beautiful as a kid. Those mountains seem taller and the sky even bluer. The bird’s song is merrier and finding a worm in the dirt is a grand prize.
As we grow up, I think most of us miss the days when playing in mud and jumping in puddles was a normal and age appropriate thing to do. Amanda Sugden of the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is here to tell you that nature fueled adventures are still perfectly acceptable and healthy for all ages. Get outside, explore, and get a little messy. It’s good for the soul.
Amanda develops outdoor science curriculum that focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math in outdoor settings. She teaches students from Kindergarten to 8th grade about the glories of the outdoors, which abound in Bozeman, Montana. MOSS hopes to encourage kids to become aware of and care for the environment.
“People are naturally curious and are drawn to the outdoors. If I do my job just right, I get to watch people come out of their shells, embrace the ability to play, and get excited to learn about science because they’re already interested in what’s under that rock!” -Amanda Sugden
This feature on Amanda seems all the more appropriate this week with the hashtag #distractinglysexy circulating social media after biochemist Tim Hunt commented that “three things happen when [women] are in the lab…You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry.” Women scientists have united, posting pictures of themselves performing their daily routines in the lab with cheeky responses to Hunt’s outrageous remarks.
What could be more noble than inspiring children to love science and have an inquisitive spirit from a young age? That isn’t distractingly sexy— It’s incredibly generous and important for further scientific advancement in the future. Rock on, female scientists, rock on.