My students then asked me if I could ask Leslie to join us for a video call. I immediately said, “Oh, she will be very busy!”, but one child in my class said, “Mrs. Maclang how will you know if you don’t try?” So, I sent Leslie an email, and to my surprise, she agreed to meet with my class virtually- all the way from California.
When Leslie joined the call, the class erupted into cheers! They were so excited to meet their climate change hero! Leslie greeted us all with a big smile, and shared her cat that was curled up with her on the sofa. She was so warm and friendly and easy to talk to that it was easy for the children to open up to her, and ask her the many, many questions that they had prepared. She explained that she had become an inventor because she loved to create things; she loved science and art, and invention was putting those two things together. She told us about the many different materials that she had tried, and failed to use to prevent the melting of the ice, and she explained to the children the importance of failure, and learning from your mistakes.