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HomesCOOL Day October 29, 2008

Posted by Laura in Family, Homeschooling.
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Several times a year, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville (formerly the Cumberland Science Museum, but I am dating myself) offers special science learning programs for homeschoolers.  Wednesday we went for the first time.

As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, Benjamin spied the new zero-gravity and Space area through the huge windows.  That had to be our first stop.

Waiting for weightlessness.

Boing!

Boing!

There were also some workstations that gave you a taste of what working in space would be like.  You had to keep your feet on the wheeled chair and try to operate the controls.  You quickly found out that without gravity’s pull (and the resistance your feet gave against the floor) you were the one moved, not the levers and things.

And of course, if big brother and sister could do it, Lydia had to also.

The first scheduled activity of the day was a visit to the new planetarium.  We took our reclined seats, but not for long.  The loud music and foreboding voice alarmed Lydia and Benjamin and I both became motion sick, so we tried (unsuccessfully) to exit quietly and go back out to the exhibits.

Lydia got in a little exercise climbing stairs

… and she put some miles on this ambulance racing to rescue scenes.

Benjamin had courses in Dinosaur Detectives and Pond Creatures.  Rachel got to assist in a Senses course, holding and displaying a snake skin and then she also had a Pond Creatures class.  In that one, the students learned to use microscopes and make their own wet-mount and well slides to observe tiny organisms in lake water.  They both had a good time.  I wish I could have gotten pictures of them doing those but we weren’t always in the same place and I was alternately chasing a napless toddler and nursing a newborn, occasionally both at the same time.

Before we left, we had to revisit an old favorite.  In this area, the children can use real wheelchairs on ramps, a small basketball court, concession stand, etc to see how challenging it could be to get around if you are handicapped.  It helps drive home the need for wheelchair-friendly public places and compassion for the disabled.

Just prior to a pick-up game of B-ball.

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1. Dreamer - November 5, 2008

What a woman you are! I could never imagine taking my four children there, just days after giving birth, having to chase a toddler and nurse the baby. No, I’d be sleeping on the couch with the baby in the swing.

Looks like the kids had a great time. And Lydia is so cute in her denim ensemble.

2. Dreamer - November 5, 2008

P.S. I think you have a future astronaut on your hands.


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