When Ken arranged for Jaclyn to check out the lab, and then the lab said to plan for 5 hours, Ken told me he had no idea of what they would do with her for so long. Neither of us really expected that she'd get to participate fully in the operations around the lab. Well, she did. And how. In the car she gave me every detail of the experiments she'd participated in and their purposes. As Neighbor Jane Payne said today, I listened and did "my best to catch a word or two".
She got to bring home samples of sand and gel (which I think she made) used in fracking oil and gas wells.
If only she'd brought her camera to the lab! At least she accommodated me with a self-portrait in her new safety glasses. She'll be the envy of Chem 30 AP with her superior safety eye wear and experience working with 28% Hydrochloric Acid.
This fantastic day at the lab and the satisfaction she derives from chemistry reminds me of something I overheard her teacher say to another student last week. He said, "There are people wandering around out there who know something is missing from their lives, but don't know what. It's chemistry."