Summer is officially over. While we say goodbye to long summer days, lounging at the pool with the latest Nature paper in hand, we say hello to crisp autumn air, family holidays, and cozying up to a warm fire with…the latest Nature paper in hand.
The end of summer also means that Halloween is just around the corner. Some children knock on neighbors’ doors dressed in ghost, skeleton, or witch costumes. Many children, however, don the attire of professionals whom they admire: doctors, firemen, and superheroes, just to name a few. In my many years of opening the door to Spiderman, I have rarely been greeted by a child dressed as a scientist.
Scientists are the “behind-the-scenes” superheroes. We don’t have much interaction with the general public in our day-to-day lives, but Halloween is a great time to make an impression on our children that scientists are professionals to admire as well. So, if you haven’t yet purchased or made a Halloween costume quite yet, consider having your child go as a little scientist this year. What kid wouldn’t look cute in a labcoat with a petri dish in hand?
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Shana R. Spindler, Ph.D.
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