Oh, I remember third grade. Mr. Chase was my teacher and I thought he was one of the nicest people I knew. Yesterday, I got to revisit that grade at a nearby elementary school. They were looking for a glass artist to melt a little glass and tell them about it. The grade was studying "heat" and their art class was going to study "Dale Chihuly".
I was pretty clear that I didn't do glass like the Chihuly team, but I knew how to melt it. So were proceeded to discuss, heat, molecules, coefficiency of expansion (important in glass) types of glass, transparent versus opaque and so many more topics. I think at this age, they were as excited to examine the rods, beads, tools and try on our didymium glasses, so they could see the flame the way I did.
It was a fun day. I was a little concerned at first when I entered the art room. There were only little children height tables. I demonstrated from it and did fine. It was the shortest table I have ever used... but it did come to above my knees. Made me laugh. I did stand and bend over to work though.
It's nice to give back to one's community in small ways. Of course I was hoping that a few of the kids would remember this when they were older, and perhaps try flame working. If not, they were exposed to something new and I got to have fun with a lot of kids for one day. If you are a creative type, I hope you take opportunities to share what you do. You never know who you might inspire.