You remind me so much of a professor I know who actually works in Theoretical computer science, but told me, "You know, given a choice I'd do maths clubs and science clubs for high school students all day". As young people who had just finished their Ph.D he often travelled with a group to rural India to "take science to the villages". There was this one time when they were in a village near Kanchipuram to hold a sky show, in May, when Jupiter is easily spotted in the Indian skies. After setting up the telescope and making general announcements about the time of the sky show, they just hung around the village, chatting. At 8 p.m, they were surprised to see that over 50 people had turned up for the sky show, half of whom were children who were running everywhere, accidentally moving the accurately set up telescope, pointed at Jupiter. The crowd was getting impatient and annoyed at every minor adjustment that had to be made, and every extra minute they had to queue up for so that they could look at Jupiter, while half of them did not know what the fuss about that tiny speck was. Somebody then had a brainwave to point the telescope at the moon. The moon is an important part of growing up in India, often used to distract babies into eating. Being something that everyone easily identified with and being a large object that can be easily focussed upon, the simple idea of pointing the telscope at the moon turned the entire event into a huge hit with children running under the starlit sky saying, "Nila kaataraanga, nila kaataraanga"(They're showing the moon, they're showing the moon!").
I really enjoyed your stories. Thanks!