For two years, Faith Brynie served as "Scientist in Residence" for the US schools
in England, Scotland, and Belgium. "It was the best job I ever had (except as a writer,
of course)," she says. Adapting the "Artist in Residence" model, she spent time periods
ranging from six weeks to three months in each of eight elementary and middle schools.
"My job description was simple: help the schools improve their science programs."
That single-sentence mission gave Brynie and the teachers and students she served
an opportunity to get creative. And get creative they did. They did everything from
inventing experiments with yeast to setting up guided nature trails.
Later Brynie was able to incorporate some of the best hands-on experiments
she designed during her residencies into her two "six-minute" books. "The experiments
take longer than six minutes," she explains, "but in six minutes a child can get
into an experiment and get an idea of its objective. My hope is that the first six
minutes with the inquiry will lead to six hours of fun and learning for a child."