In chapter 8 Ellie and her grandfather talk about scientists and he says, "Average people just give up at the obstacles we face every day. Scientists fail again and again and again. Sometimes for our whole lives. But we don't give up, because we want to solve the puzzle."
Question 1: Do you agree that average people give up easily?
Question 2: Why do you think her grandfather credits scientists for not giving up?
Question 3: What evidence does her grandfather have that scientists don't give up?
Question 4: Have you ever faced an obstacle and persevered to be successful?
Question 5: Can you think of another profession that solve the puzzle by not giving up?
Pick a question (or multiple) and write your answer in the comment section. Be sure to leave your name and location.
In chapter 8 we also learned Jonas Salk developed the vaccine for polio. We, along with Ellie, learned what polio is and how it can be prevented. Check out the sites below with more information about polio.
Government of South Australia Kids' Health
News on Polio (May 2014)
Polio: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments (Video)
Former American President FDR had Polio