Hambright: Brossman Science Lecture

Hambright students in grades 4-6 attended the Millersville University’s 31st Annual Brossman Foundation and Ronald E. Frisbie Science Lectureship last month.  Millersville University kindly extends an invitation each year for area students to attend the afternoon presentation by the speaker highlighted at the Brossman Lectureship Series.  It is a chance for elementary, middle and 9th grade students to visit the Millersville campus and hear directly from an expert in the STEM community.  At the close of the presentation, students have a chance to ask questions to the presenter and hear questions posed by their peers.

This year’s speaker was Christine McKinley.  Her topic was: The Feeding and Exercise of Your Brain.

Christine McKinley told students to dive headfirst into subjects that are most difficult for them. She explained that while their brains are growing, this is the time to tackle math, science, writing, and music. She shared that math and science were the hardest subjects for her in 7th and 8th grade.  To her surprise, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics were her favorite classes in high school. She then got a degree in mechanical engineering in college while playing bass in a band. Christine encouraged the scientific students to think like artists and the artistic students to think like scientists to get the most out of their amazing brains.

Other than the rain, I think the students enjoyed the time away from class to attend the lecture.


Speaker Seminar – Dr. Hugh Smith

Hugh SmithOn Friday, December 11, 2015, Manor and Marticville students attended a Speaker Seminar given by Dr. Hugh Smith (http://www.hssmithassociates.com) to learn how to interpret their dreams.    Dr. Smith opened the presentation with the different stages of sleep and the various parts of the brain.  He then allowed the students to share their dreams.

Students seemed to enjoy the sharing – many of the dreams were silly and fun to hear.  Our students have some very vivid dreams — amazing what goes on in their brain during the night.  We had one that we entitled “The Skittles Theory” due to the rainbow colors and the candy that was present in the dream.

Dr. Smith helped the students classify all or parts of the dream under four categories: wishes, conflicts, feelings, and other stuff from their day. He was able to guide the students to find the metaphors, associations, emotions, but not necessarily the logic of the dream.

At the end of the seminar, each student was given a dream journal to record their dreams if they wished.  A follow-up session will be forthcoming to allow students to share and analyze dreams that they recorded in their dream journal.