Officially my title is Education Coordinator, but I am more often referred to as the "_____" Guy. The Bug Guy. The Tree Guy. The Flower Guy. And most often simply as The Science Guy.
In my job, I get asked lots of questions. Questions from adults. Questions from kids (more questions from kids than from adults). This is the nature of my job - answering questions.
If I am not doing a presentation at a school, I am the first person that visitors to our office see. If I see someone walking in with a leaf, or a jar, or a bucket, there is very good chance that they have a question. Usually its along the lines of "What is this bug/tree/plant/etc.?" or 'What can I do about this bug/tree/plant/etc?". Sometime I come back to the office to find a jar/leaf/branch/whole plant/etc. sitting on my desk with a note to "Please call so-and-so, they have a question."
More often, the questions I get are from kids. I should get lost of questions from kids. During the past 5 school years I have presented more than nine hundred fifty classroom presentation. This year, I have nearly 400 presentations scheduled. If I answer an average of 7 to 10 questions per program, this means that by June 2015 I will have answered somewhere between 10,000 and 13,000 questions from students over six school years. This doesn't count presentations at libraries, public programs, etc..
Some of the are unique, but I get lots of repeat questions. My favorite question of all is one of the repeats - "How do you know all this stuff/so much stuff/all of this?!" I love this question because when I hear it I know that the student is really asking "How can I learn all of this stuff?!"
My answer to a kid student that wants to know "all of this stuff" is to read LOTS of books. Read every book you can get your hands on. (I also read a lot about science on the internet, but you have to be careful about the accuracy of your sources. Go outside - much of what I know I learned from direct observation. Listen to other people who know more about a subject than you do - if someone is giving a presentation about something that interests you, go to it. Most importantly ask questions - there really is no such thing as a stupid question if you don't know the answer.
So, are there any questions?