The science center is a beautiful building with silver LEED certification (which means it's quite a green building). Each scientific discipline desinged its own classrooms. They've arranged the rooms to maximize group work and lab work, with the labs often communicating directly with the classroom, so students can move seamlessly between classroom and laboratory within a single time slot.
With the building renovation in 2008, Intel helped Grinnell set up a tasteful display and tribute to Robert Noyce at the foot of the main staircase. It gives an overview of his career at Grinnell, MIT, Fairchild, Intel, and beyond. I found a couple of quotations particularly meaningful. The first, about optimism, I know well. It typifies the spirit I'd been talking about in my speech to Iowas teacher educators, a spirit I'd like to see us instill in young students as they face the grand world challenges ahead of them. Here it is:
Optimism is an essential ingredient for innovation. How else can the individual welcome change over security, adventure over staying in safe places?-Robert Noyce
I was surprised to find also a few lines I said at my father's memorial service twenty years ago. I remember saying them, but couldn't have reproduced them on my own:
What mattered most, he told us, was to do what we did best, and to have fun doing it. He taught us to be doers, not bystanders. He never watched sports on television or read about others' adventures. He was too busy pursuing adventures of his own.
This observation stills feels very true to me today. The spirit of "Don't just watch, do!" permeates the story I've just written, Lost in Lexicon. It is also what inspired me to write the book, picking up once again a long-treasured dream of writing.