Chicago man spends first night at MSI

October 19, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
For the next month, Kevin Byrne of Chicago will call the Museum of Science and Industry home.

Byrne is the winner of the Month at the Museum 2 contest. He will spend the next 30 days in a glass cube on the main floor of the museum. He moved into the museum on Wednesday.

However, Byrne will have private sleeping quarters. The 33-year-old digital media analyst will spend his time exploring the museum and reporting on his activities on social media websites.

Watch Kevin's winning video:

Currently lives in Chicago
Grew up in Roanoke, Va.
Age 33

Education College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; and Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Occupation Analyst at a digital marketing agency

Three Favorite Hobbies Training in circus arts, running and volunteering for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Three Adjectives to Describe Me Eclectic, driven, adventurous

Fun Fact Perfected his robot voice as a "tube talker" for Blue Man Group.

From the Essay "Through this experience I hope to remind myself to have fun learning every single day. It's easy to get caught in the daily grind and forget to be mindful of the amazing world in which we live. Spending a month immersed in an environment of engaged learning would remind me to live my life in the same way: hands-on and wide-eyed."

MSI Judges' Thoughts Kevin is clearly up for anything. He's biked across the country by himself, spent two months in the mountains of Virginia studying red-backed salamanders and is currently training for his sixth marathon for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He also admits to dancing randomly in his apartment to the delight and horror of onlookers from the train station across the street. After graduating with a biology degree, he spent time working in theater and college admissions before ending up in marketing communications. Kevin's a great combination of curiosity, wit and fun. He's also a natural communicator, sharing his random assortment of knowledge with remarkable clarity.

Kevin is looking for an adventure that allows him to have fun learning with others. He would spend his month at MSI rekindling his undergrad passion for science, embracing the opportunity to step out of the daily routine and helping others do the same.

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