Don't you think Star Trek's aliens are a great way to help kids role-play to explore diversity?
That's why I'm in Carson City, Nev., in the Reno/Tahoe region... making Klingon forehead ridges for a baldcap (at right)... and hoping the kids come by the youth corner Saturday for the annual Multicultural Day at Western Nevada College. My buddy and educator Daryl Frazetti is to blame--he of the genre anthropology con panels that are so popular he's doing a book and starting a educator's group on genre pop culture as teaching aids. Catch us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Marlette Hall of the Cedar Building, but there's also an outdoor food court and music festival with some headliner acts.
I had no idea this was such a genius idea, but it must be: my BFF and ST The Experience character actress extraordinaire April Hebert just tweeted me they used to do this in Vegas schools all the time as outreach in their STTE personnae, and "the kids loved it." So there you go!
So if you're in the region, bring the kids by from 11 am to 4 p.m. Saturday. Maybe they'll get to be a Vulcan, Andorian, Tellarite, Klingon or human ambassador and get to solve some galactic dilemma... every half hour. (Hey, that's twice as fast as Starfleet's heroes!)