Museum of Science and Industry


"Alright Mr. Byrne. Lay back on the couch and relax. Where would you like to start?"
"Well, it all goes back to my childhood..."

Nah - just kidding. It's not going to be like that. But this is the time where I reflect on my stay here and get a little deep. Not deep-sea-diving-deep but deep enough to jump in and make a decent cannonball splash. You with me? Good.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why I'm here and my goals for the month. I could tell you all the background but how about I just link you there instead.

Here's the it's-late-on-day-29-and-I-have-a-ton-of-packing-to-do synopsis:
Goals for 
the month
1) Prove that science is cool.

2) Be inquisitive.

3) World peace.

Alright, I'm going to put this out there right off the bat. I think I need one more month for the whole world peace thing. If only I hadn't spent so much time with my baby chicks, I could have gotten it all done. But the chicks are just so darn cute - I got distracted. Sorry world!

Continuing up the list: "Be inquisitive." This was primarily a goal for after I leave here. I want to live my life in a way that constantly presents me with new challenges, adventures and opportunities for learning. I want to wonder. While I have every reason in the world to believe that this month helped me toward this goal, I won't really gain perspective until I have a bit more distance from the experience. And even then, I'm sure this has changed me in ways I won't even realize.

As for the first one: "Prove that science is cool." The day after the post went up listing this as my primary goal, someone came up to me and said "That's great; I'm curious how you're going to do that." My immediate thought was "Oh, crap! I hadn't gotten that far." But you know what? I think I figured it out over the past few weeks: I was just me. I tried not to be self-conscious or a know-it-all and tried to be genuine in everything I did. Sure, I was aware that I was being watched (when you have a plexiglass office in the center of a major tourist attraction, you rarely forget) but I tried not to perform. I just was. I was goofy. I was a dork. I was excited. Whether it was Swiss Jolly Ball or open heart surgery, Idea Factory or Baby Chicks, I was unabashedly interested. I whole-heartedly believe that science is cool and I hope that visitors and viewers saw that. I didn't want to evangelize, just lead by example. 

I know that I'm preaching to the choir here. After all, you big nerds are reading a blog about a science museum (I kid!). But I hope that through visiting school groups, talking to science classes and clubs, and chatting with families, people (young and old) have felt my excitement. I've said it before that MSI does a great job inspiring its visitors. If I helped to further that goal, I feel like this month has been a success. Based on the positive reactions of kids and adults (autographs, photo ops and TONS of questions), I think it's mission-accomplished.


(I'll be back with one final post before my 30th day is through. Talk soon- KB)

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