The IWP was present at SED 2014 over at the local conference center in the Drury hotel. Our table was in a prominent location smack center between a table where we could make a meteor, a 3-D printer to check out, and in front was a photo station where we could take photos with Louie the Lumberjack. We commonly heard “What are you doing here?” Of course we heard this question as one of admiration and relief that the humanities was represented and part of SED’s party.
We offered 4 science-related quizzes, poetry with a scientific term or two that the public provided ,a scientific alphabet for kids to color, and scientific terms translated into Chinese characters! We had a continuous line for the for options with many families patiently waiting for their poem (the public offered a scientific word or two), their young one to color, their scientific word to be brushed, and they gave our quizzes a try! All winners of our quiz received a prize of organic fruit.
An attention getter was the manual typewriter that the interns used to pound out their poems. One local boy hurried over and leaned in exclaiming, “That’s a cool computer!”
We hope to continue participating with SED as all the participating interns agreed, that was one cool interdisciplinary day.