In the primary school science fair, he did a project on the swarming moth of Gonal IV. He came in the top three, and was among the winners who won a tour of the Enterprise-D with Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Just before the tour could begin, the Enterprise-D was hit by a series of quantum filaments, and he was trapped with the captain and the other science fair winners in the turbolift for several hours.
Captain Picard temporarily named him his "science officer", and gave him one rank pip, to help give him courage in this desperate time. Captain Picard lifted him onto his shoulders, to look outside the turbocar to see if the braking clamps were intact, which they weren't. This forced them to climb out of the turbolift, and through the turboshafts. Upon being rescued, the three science fair winners presented the captain with a commemorative plaque. They later received a tour of the battle bridge and the torpedo bay. (TNG: "Disaster")