As the mother of an impressionable young girl, I would love for my daughter to grow up with the idea that math and science are cool. It would be just great if she were somehow convinced that becoming a scientist or mathematician is a wonderful and worthy goal.
And that is why I am enthusiastically endorsing Gov. Brian Schweitzer and First Lady Nancy Schweitzer’s math and science initiative, and especially their math and science trading cards - the fact-filled cards Nancy Schweitzer hands out to students when she visits classrooms throughout the state.
After all, what kid wouldn’t consider Montana’s governor – a soil scientist – and his wife – who is a botanist – the height of inspiration? And trading cards? You know the kids love those.
You want further proof of cool? Check out the Web site photos, which show the Schweitzers doing awesome things like sitting atop a wind turbine. Ooh! And there’s one of them CLUTCHING A LIGHTNING BOLT! Even their trusty dog Jag is rockin’ the safety glasses on the home page.
The point of this post, however, is not just to steer you to the math and science initiative, but to encourage you and your kids to vote for the next round of math and science trading cards.
“Kids of all ages can find something new to learn about energy in Montana – from where our resources came from to how we’re using them today,” Montana’s First Lady said in a prepared statement. “The voting contest lets kids decide what’s most interesting to them.”
Go to mathscience.mt.gov to vote for your favorite facts about Montana. You and your kids might just learn a few fun facts along the way – and wouldn’t that be cool?