Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair

There are a lot of people out there who know and love Susan, a.k.a. WhyMommy. She is beloved by many people, both in real life and in the blogosphere. There is a reason for that. She is an amazing person. She is smart, she is kind, she is probably the most conscious parent I know.

She has also done a lot to spread cancer awareness. After getting a rare type of breast cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, that presents without a lump, she courageously let us join her in her battle, teaching us what cancer treatment and recovery looks like.

Unfortunately, Susan recently had a recurrence and is going to go in for surgery today to restart her battle. I hope she knows that she is not alone. I hope she knows that even though we can’t all be there in person, we are thinking of her, sending love, good wishes, and prayers.

That is what Team WhyMommy‘s Virtual Science Fair is all about. We want her to know that she is loved and supported. But we also want her to know that our love and support is not all because of the cancer. We love and support her because of who she is, not just because of what she has. She is not just a cancer fighter, but an incredible person, one who is passionate about science and especially women who do science.

Bloggers from around the country and, dare I say, world, have spent some time over the past few days doing science. We’ve done science with our kids or with our friends or by ourselves. And we are writing about it today to show Susan how she inspires us. How she is truly making a difference in lives all over the world by encouraging all of us to believe that we can be scientists, whether it be on the smallest, let’s-take-a-walk-in-the-park scale or the largest, I’m-going-to-get-a-degree-in-planetary-science scale.

All of the bloggers participating in Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair will be putting links to their posts here today. If you haven’t done this yet, there’s still time. Go do something science-y, write about it, then come back here and put your link in the Mr. Linky below. (Be sure to link specifically to your science fair post, not your blog in general.) If you’re not a blogger, tell me what you did in my comment section. And don’t forget to head over to Susan’s site to give her some love, encouragement, and virtual hugs. She’s going to beat this thing (again), and is going to go on to do even more incredible things.

Susan, we love you.

42 thoughts on “Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair

  1. Oh my. Science experiment. I’m up late for it and it’s really boring! But hey, I tried. I didn’t have any food coloring. :)

  2. This isn’t exactly “doing science” but: Today we are taking our oldest son, a future scientist, to look at a college. At the research university we are visiting, the professor whose work most fascinates him is a woman.

    So bravo for women scientists, and particularly for Susan. Will be thinking of her today.

  3. This is a super idea, Jean, and I can think of no better way to show Susan how much we love and support her.

    I’m looking forward to more inspiration in this Virtual Science Fair! Super fun!

  4. We had a blast talking about Space. I have half a mind to call you or Susan bright and early when my 5yo drags me out of bed to try and look for the ISS passing by! ;-)

  5. Thank you so much for putting this together — it was fun to do and was cathartic and I hope gives Susan many giggles!

  6. I’m a bit late to the game but you’ve been in my thoughts all day, Susan! And, Stimey, thanks for coordinating this. :-)

  7. Late too!But Susan has been in my prayers!

    Thank you for arranging this, and thanks to us all for being great supporters – it is so moving and inspiring!

  8. I don’t have a blog so couldn’t post this there. The following didn’t happen today but was inspired by Susan and Jean. I read their blogs frequently, especially the fabulous things they do with their kids. We had some extra time this spring break and thinking of Susan taking her kids who are much smaller than mine to the museums she has, I took my 2 to Philly to the Franklin Institute. They loved the exhibit on how machines are made and why they work, the kids section on the elements (water, air, soil) and we spent an enourmous amount of time in the Electicity exhibit. So thanks Suan — your adventures as a scientist inspired history loving (and science fearing) me to take my kids to a science musueum. (Jean you helped too as I thought of your blogs and realized that even if it didn’t work as planned it could at least be funny).

    I have thought of you often today and prayed it went well.

  9. Mary, I’m so glad that you participated and commented! I’m so glad your kids had a good time! And I’m glad I could help you try not to take “success” so seriously. If you have to laugh or cry, try to laugh, is my belief.

    Thanks for participating!!

  10. A little late, but posted, thanks to my five year old’s uh . . . creativity.

    Thanks for coordinating this.

    Go WhyMommy!

  11. I’ve been so bad at updating our blog, that your cool zwinky wouldn’t have been seen. And even this I’m posting late! But even so, we’ve been thinking about Susan a lot lately. We’ve been to the Phoenix Zoo and fed stingrays, found the big dipper in the sky, and Sydney grew crystals using not much more than paper and a white crayon, among other things. Thank you, Stimey and thank you, Susan!

  12. Kristin, I’m so glad you commented here! The crystals sound cool. Way to go, Sydney!!

    Thanks for participating!

  13. Sorry to post late. Since I don’t blog I’ll share here the science we did over break. We planted a bean sprout seed in a Dixie cup and put it in a shoebox with a hole cut in the top, putting several cardboard shelves inside. The sprout is supposed to grow around the shelves to get to the sunlight. We also planted a seed in good ol’ Maryland clay to have a comparison. The other science over break has been going to the Brookside nature center and closely inspecting the intact deer skeleton that is just off the path. We discussed how connections of bones– hips, jaw, ribs, etc. were very visible. Thanks Susan for reminding me how important it is to introduce a love of science to young girls! Sorry this post is late, but we’ll keep focusing on science as often as possible.

  14. I’m a scientist who prays and I’ll be saying a prayer for you, Susan. I don’t know you, but you sound like an amazing person! Keep on fighting!

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