“My kids are a really good age right now. They're 11 and 14. They're just a lot of fun. They're surprising; they're always doing things. It's delightful to see them growing up. They've both come to some of my art and science camps, actually. They both went through Colors of Nature, which was pretty cool. It gives me a lot of insight into my work, being able to kind of talk to them about their experiences afterwards. What's funny is that they're always pushing back a little bit. If I say something like "Well, tell me about that," they say, "Oh, you're using the Colors of Nature techniques on me!" I hope that it's given them a different perspective about the way they think about science and art. We did a stop motion animation in Colors and my younger daughter is really into it; she wanted to do stop motion animation at home with her American Girl Dolls -- oh, that was hard! Both of them actually have ambitions to become something in the medical field, and I have no idea if I've influenced that or not. They really are who they are.”
In the office of Laura Conner, research associate professor of science education and mom to two daughters. For more information about her Colors of Nature program, see http://www.colorsofnature.org.