Bedecked in orange safety vest and goggles, Head of Upper School Todd Trout presided over the Family Science Night Egg Drop as a vision of safety-first enthusiasm. Todd had been quite under the weather, but when his wife, Lower School Science Coordinator and Family Science Night creator and emcee Laura Trout suggested he sit this Egg Drop out, Todd wouldn’t hear of it.
“No! It’s the Egg Drop!” Laura recalled Todd saying. “You need me!”
Todd soldiered on, and along with a wildlife presentation from ZooAmerica, an inflatable planetarium rented from IU-13 and an improbably crowd pleasing Cup Stack game, Family Science Night 2017 continued its run as an unabashed success.
“It’s a testament to the program that on a Thursday night so many families come together to cheer and enjoy science,” Laura said.
This is the last year Family Science Night will be an annual event. Next year, the plan is to hold an international festival and “multicultural experience” in its stead. Going forward, the winter event would alternate between the humanities-focused international festival and the science-themed Family Science Night.