Thursday night we headed to Rohrbach Beer Hall on Railroad Street to be part of the University of Rochester’s Thinkers and Drinkers event. The Thinkers and Drinkers group is traditionally made up of science graduate students who go out to a bar once in a while to mingle with the general public and practice describing their science in way that makes sense to someone who isn’t working on it every day.
We had decided that our primary goal as education students would be to talk with people about what they thought about scientists and science education. We figured we would also work in talking about our plans for the science camp at Sodus if the conversation went in that direction. Our secondary goals were to interact with the community, grow together as a group, and have a great time!
I’d have to say I was not optimistic that interrupting people’s evenings would go over well, but everyone we spoke with was warm and welcoming and enthusiastic. Although we did have our goals of discussing science and science education, and we did learn quite a bit about what people thought about those things, I selfishly had a wonderful time talking to various folks about everything from the importance of being part of a union to where the get the best Italian food, Puerto Rican food, and pizza around. And, tripe. Somehow I also had a long conversation about tripe.