Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If it's free it's for me

    Our title is a catch phrase often heard in this family, it started out as a joke but honestly who doesn't love free stuff?!  When I learned that we could get into the Connecticut Science Center for free this month using our Mystic Aquarium membership I immediately set aside a date and we were so excited that today was the day.  My boys had a great time at the science center last year and were anxious to go back.  We had so much fun, learned so much and saw many new and wonderful exhibits.  There were several schools there today so it was a bit more crowded then when we went last time but we still had a great day. 

  We learned about rivers, dams, water flow and run of river:






     We learned about ancient Egypt (we spent A LOT of time with this exhibit; they were so interested in everything-- camels, archeological digs, bones, mummification, sand storms, how the pyramids were built, etc.




Which bones are meatier and where would they be
found?

The effects of wind on sand

Piecing together an "old, broken" vase

Pulling blocks like the Egyptians
  We learned about magnetism and how magnets can help things move.  We learned about magnets that attract and magnets that repel. 

Repelling magnets make a cushion of air

magnets make things move


  We learned about properties of flight and wind power.
racing our sail boats

making papers fly


trying a new design

trajectory, motion and more!


Ian's paper launched the farthest!
  We learned about inventions, cause and effect and to always keep trying!


building and testing Lego cars



  We learned about the principles of hot and cold air and got to test out theory using a hot air balloon:


 We learned about outer space-- the galaxy, the planets, our sun and radio waves.  We learned about gamma rays, micro waves, infrared rays and what all the rays have to do with space. 


We learned about sound waves and motion and used our bodies to change both!



 We learned about high speed cameras and got to watch things in super slow motion. 
a cork popping off a champagne bottle

a water balloon bursting

 Mostly I was reminded of the importance of play and why we started homeschooling in the first place as we followed these school kids around filling out their worksheets.


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