“I loved when Miss Amy came and taught us what levee is. That protects us from flood.” Taneeyah continues, “We had options, but risks that we had to carry with as well. If we choose a plastic bag to create levee, then we lose a point because that harms environment.” With confidence, she thoroughly explains one of her favorite learning moments to the audience at our annual celebration, Reflection of Knowledge.

On a rain-pouring Friday, the girls at Funston were busy preparing their presentations for one final moment. They were professionally dressed up and finalizing their gallery boards.

“Miss Bori, we are ready.”

“Please, speak little bit louder so that everyone can hear you.”

“Yes, we are confident and we are ready to meet new people.”

I was more than pleased seeing their proud smiles.

ROK was held at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on that Friday evening. We arrived there 30 minutes early before the door was open for all guests—yes, all their families were invited. The girls were very excited to see their gallery tables already set up. Each group placed all their work on a table. Gallery boards, prototypes, and themselves standing by each table.

The time has come.

Ms. Natasha Smith-Walker, Executive Director and Dr. Judy Lubin, Chair of Project Exploration Board gave a welcome opening speeches to all, that celebration is finally here. Ms. Sara from Nature Museum celebrated with us as well giving a beautiful note on why science matters and how Nature Museum nourishes our minds. Not only adult’s voices matter, but we do value each and every one’s voices—the girls from each school had an opportunity to share their stories. Followed by Taneeyah’s story (please, see the epigraph above), Nicole shared one of her favorite moments.

My favorite activity was when we learned how skyscrapers are built and we tried one with wood blocks and straws. Then, like we live in a windy city, we wanted to see if our structure is still alive right after wind and earthquake struck it. It was so much fun when we were shaking tables like earthquake and blowing winds with books. Our structure collapsed, but it was so much learning.

I saw flashes from the phones and cameras touch the ceiling. Their families and guests were so proud of them.

When all speeches ended, gallery tables light on all people. All guests, families, and even scientists who’ve been working with the girls were there to support them. With all their full attention, everyone walked around to see all the amazing work and to talk with the girls. The girls proudly explained their projects or prototypes. Even when unexpected questions came by, they were confidently responding to them. These showed their perfect readiness.

“Oh my god, Miss Bori. A lot of people came to our table,” with passion, Chelsea claimed. “So, did you get a chance to meet them and talk to them?” “Yes, they were all interested in how egg can be protected. Everyone loved our project.” “Nicely done, Chelsea.” Running into me, Taneeyah said, “Miss Bori, I never knew many people would come by our table. So many!” The girls were more than excited meeting all new people and presenting their work. I am so sure that the girls will remember this moment. A moment when they met a lot people. A moment when they had to be dressed up. A moment that they showed their confidence. Yes, they will.

Written By: Bori Kim

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