Some nights at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry are loud and fun because of events that are underway, says Kate McGroarty. But "then there are nights when it's completely still and completely quiet and it feels ... honestly if feels a lot like being in a cathedral," she says. "It's very calm and beautiful and I love it."
The 24-year-old theater teacher from Chicago should know. She's got one week to go in a "Month at the Museum" project that's gotten her quite a bit of media attention -- including a conversation today with All Things Considered host Melissa Block.
McGroarty was chosen from among 1,500 applicants who wanted the chance to experience what it would be like to spend a whole month at the museum (and get paid $10,000 for doing it). While there, she's been filing updates on Facebook, Tweeting, blogging and posting a slew of videos on YouTube. Here's her latest, which includes some scenes from early in her stay at the museum:
The museum has much more about the project, which it hopes will encourage the rest of us to get more excited about science, at its website. It includes photos of Kate's sleeping quarters (though she's also done things such as spend the night in a U-505 submarine) and office.
Some of Melissa's conversation with McGroarty will be on today's edition of ATC. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. Here's a preview. (The on-air version, which we'll add later, will have better audio. This clip is from their phone connection; a producer was on the scene to record McGroarty's end and that audio will be used on the air):