Science has always been a part of Patricia Goginat’s life. From discussing science news at the breakfast table, to attending science camps, and to looking at water samples with her home microscope, science and exploration has formed the backbone of what Patricia does every single day. Using this passion, she has come up with two scientific experiments that you can do this autumn, which can be both fun and intellectually fulfilling for the entire family.
Gogniat, who goes by @sciencyrocmom on Instagram, currently lives in Irondequoit with her two children, a dog, a hamster, and a recently acquired tadpole of an African clawed frog. When she is not doing science experiments with her children, she works for VisualDX, a Rochester-based health company which Gogniat describes as a “WebMD for Doctors.” When she is not doing her day job, Gogniat loves enjoying nature and teaching a thing or two about its importance to her two children.
Gogniat is an advocate for the idea of forest schooling, which got its start in Germany with forest kindergartens. She uses this idea, which she has been a fan of even before she had children, with her own two children, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Gogniat is in nature with her children, some of her favorite activities include traveling, going to museums and learning new information there, renovating old houses, and just spending more time outdoors in general.
“Normally, my kids are in daycare and public school,” Gogniat said. “But during the pandemic when everything was shut down, we engaged [in forest schools] more heavily, and the outdoors became even more of an important venue for learning.”
One of the many reasons Gogniat is so passionate about science is because humanity has gained so much knowledge from the achievements that science has collected over the years.
“Think of all of the technological advances, vaccines, and everything science has given us to improve our lives, and improving the health of people worldwide,” Gogniat said. “The principle behind it is about using technology to combat global warming and human brain power to combat the world’s problems.”
Out of all of the different scientific fields, Gogniat said that her favorite is chemistry because chemistry experiments are classically “sciency.”