Mel Drumm, the president and executive director of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, says he may have been a born scientist, but that love of learning may not have been cultivated if his parents hadn't urged him on.
recalls how trips to the pond or walks became an exercise in observation - and discovery.
Drumm's parents would ask him what he
thought was happening beneath the surface of the pond.
Once, during an afternoon at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
observed a mother and a 3-year-old testing out one of the exhibits.
The exhibit contains an infrared camera that detects heat (especially from the body) and displays it in projected, color images.
One mother went on her
back on the carpet and vigorously swayed her
arms and legs - to the squeals and giggles of her
got up, the floor had warmed up, so that the display showed a glowing "carpet" angel, not unlike a snow angel you might make outside.
The 3-year-old followed in his
mother's example and created his
own carpet angel, while his
mother looked on and laughed with him.
"I could tell how much fun they were having with each other," says Drumm
"I always felt like I was important to my parents," recalls Drumm