CERN Rap from Will Barras on Vimeo.
My older kids watched this and both said "WE WANT TO BE PHYSICISTS, TOO!"
Thank you Kate McAlpine.
Thank you Vimeo.
Most of all, thank you Schoolly D.
By the way...this morning, I was watching the video and my 9 year old walked up behind me and said, "What are you watching?"
Me: It's about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider.
9yo: Oh yeah. That.
Me: You've heard of this?
9yo: Yeah. It's that particle accelerator underground in Switzerland that they are building to find out about how the universe was made. You know...quarks, atoms.
Me: Uh...how did you know that?
9yo: Duh. It was in that book you bought me.
Me: Spiderwick Chronicles?
9yo: No. Pick Me Up.
Me: Oh. Uh...what else exactly is in that book?
9yo: Nothing. Is there any tubing and lead in the basement?
Me: Wait...what IS that book?
9yo: (walking away) I'll need a big magnet, too.
Okay, she's not really building a particle accelerator in her room. But she did know in stunning detail exactly what this thing was...is. She's also quoted interesting and fascinatingly odd factoids about Freud, aliens, and global warming as gleaned from this book.
I think you should get your kid this book, too.
Really. It's great.
And then we can commiserate.