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  •  Was he the one singing in space (1+ / 0-)
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    just recently? Yes, that was fun.

    My point is that I don't know if this girl and/or her sister have any interest in science. Other than the classes all the students take, I haven't seen anything from her or her Mom saying she was really gung-ho about it.

    Her Mom does say this, though: "Kiera, a good student who writes music and loves to "draw, color and create," didn't want to hurt anyone or anything, her mother added."

    And the article says: "Kiera, who played cello in Bartow's orchestra, was suspended for 10 days and now is at a county alternative school. Kiera and her twin sister, Kayla, are upset they are at separate schools, and Kiera is sad that she cannot perform in the orchestra's spring concert nor attend the group's annual banquet."

    She sounds like an artsy band kid to me. But I wouldn't want to pigeonhole her.

    She may enjoy space camp. Heck, I would probably enjoy space camp. But neither that nor the original incident tells us anything about her actual interests.

    •  Wait ... she's a high school student, right? (0+ / 0-)

      "likes to draw and color"????

      What do Florida schools teach, in art classes in high school??????
      Clearly they don't teach science in their classes, if the foil-and-drano reaction remains a mystery to high-school kids.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:29:53 PM PDT

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      •  I'd be surprised (0+ / 0-)

        if they had art classes in school here. Gotta cut those property taxes, y'all!

        A lot of things are a mystery to some high school kids.

        But I don't get your point. Is it only cool to support this girl if she is into science?

        •  No. It's (0+ / 0-)

          extremely disappointing to hear "likes to draw and color" about an art-oriented student in high school.

          Or, in plainer terms, it sucks that she doesn't have access to better instruction and equipment.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 03:11:36 PM PDT

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    •  Girls need encouragement in science (4+ / 0-)
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      Kiera may be favoring her "artistic" side in HS, but she's on the honor roll and interested enough in a project to have figured out the Drano experiment. This space camp may help push her science talents into the forefront. Carping that she is not a science prodigy already discriminates against women.

      Personally, I felt pulls in both directions before I went to MIT and eventually got a science PhD.

      Conservation is green energy

      by peggy on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:45:01 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I'm not discriminating (1+ / 0-)
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        against women. Insisting that she is into science when there is no evidence to support that. . . I don't know what to call that.

        I'm glad you got your PhD. Maybe this girl will too. Who knows?

        But we can't project our own stories onto this young person's life. I think it would be nicer to pay attention to what she -- or at least her Mom -- says about her interests and help her along that path.

        Or both.

        But she's not, as far as we know, asking to be the poster child for Women in Science.

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