Jasmine Buzby, 14, or Voorhees wants more kids to get into physics.
Joe Lamberti, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
VOORHEES – Jasmine Buzby spent most of her childhood growing up around science.
But when she realized, unlike herself, other young kids didn’t really know or understand the concept of physics she decided to try to change that.
“I noticed a lot of kids, like even I didn’t know what physics was for a while because they don’t really talk about it until you’re in late high school,” said Jasmine. “To me, that just kind of seemed unacceptable because I had all this time to learn about something that was so amazing and I just didn’t have a choice because no one told me about it.”
Now, the 14-year-old Eastern Regional High School student is hoping her recently published rhyming book, “Loving Physics,” will attract younger kids to the word of STEM.
It all started when Scott Buzby, Jasmine’s father, took a job as a chemist at a small chemical company in Delaware after earning his bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Delaware.
Buzby was also an adjunct professor at Burlington County College before earning his doctorate in material science and engineering and later becoming an engineer at General Electric.
When Buzby wasn’t working he would take his daughter to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, watching her find joy in all of the interactive educational exhibits there.
“I’ve always been surrounded by science from a really early age. It’s like what other choice did I have,” said Jasmine with a laugh. “I mean I love it and my dad was there to support me the entire time.”
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By the time Jasmine talked with her parents about her concern over the lack of physics interest in her peers, having researched textbooks and other tools used to teach children, she had decided on writing her own book.
“She was very independent on the whole thing,” her father said. “She was the one that kind of put it together and started doing it, went and looked for ways to get it published, and was coming to me with ‘here’s what I found is this something we can do and is this legitimate?'”
“Loving Physics” was independently published on June 26 and is available for purchase on Amazon.
Jasmine’s father supports his daughter’s drive to introduce kids to STEM at an early age.
“That’s critical for our future as a whole for kids to get more and more interested just because of the world that we live in is so technologically driven,” said Buzby. “The younger you can get kids interested in it and they can grab that spark and get their imagination going the better.”
Jasmine feels her’s and younger generations are the future so it’s important for kids to discover their interests in life early on.
“We need to discover things early on so that we can develop our passions early on because the further and more in depth we go into them the more we can learn to love them and further the field,” said Jasmine.
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Jasmine says she’ll pursue a career in science and says the possibility of that drives her to learn more each day.
“It excites me everyday. I study it and read about it all the time so I can’t imagine doing anything else at this point,” said Jasmine. “My parents have been there to support me the entire time without fight of like slow down, but they were there to make sure I remembered my cause and my passion for it and that it would be worth it in the end and they were clearly right.”
Jasmine says the most important thing she hopes young readers will get out of her book is that as long as you have a passion for STEM the opportunities are endless.
“Sometimes we feel like we’re not good enough for something, we’re not good enough to go into science, and the reality is anyone can really do it if you have the passion for it. You don’t need to master your field. If you enjoy it, you’re going to make a difference.”