Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer time fun! Bucket List Day 3 - Science

summerbucketlist2 Summer Bucket List

I'm joining with a team of awesome bloggers to bring you some fabulous ideas 

Blog friends participating :

       Kelli @ Adventurez In ChildRearing

Jeniffer & Melissa @ Sisters ‘N Cloth
Lisa @ Creativlei
Jennifer @ Teaching Boys

Day #3 - Summer Fun with Science 
We took a trip to our local science center and participated in their robotics class! 

As you can see - we sat in a class where the instructor projected the computer screen on the wall and showed the students how to use their individual laptops to program their personal robot to accomplish a simple task. It took several very precise commands to move the robot a few feet and have it swing an arm to hit a ball. The boys thought it was great! I liked that they used some math, and had the experience of working with those type of precise computer talk (that's my non-techy explanation). 
You can bet I was lost the whole time - but the boys didn't seem to have a problem with it and I stayed busy taking pictures - so no one noticed the dazed and confused look in my eye! 

We get in free with our ASTC membership. We joined one of the museums on the ASTC list within driving distance and it gives us access to some 300+ museums around the country! There are about 6 of them that we can get to easily enough from where we live. We even got a discount when we joined MOSI in Tampa, FL - 1/2 price for the annual family membership - because I told them we are  homeschoolers and ASKED for it! I did show proof with our (free)  homeschool ID from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (also free to join).  
What kind of events are going on at the museums near you? 
I'll be sharing more science fun on the Homeschool Mosaics site in my new column                                        "Exploring Science . . . naturally"  I hope you'll join me there to gain ideas and information for creating an exciting lifestyle out of your homeschool science adventures! 
Here are links to a few of our favorite science projects:                                                                                #31 Days of Exploring God's Creation                                                                                                      A walk in the woods                                                                                                                                   #5 Days of Exploring Creation - Exploring Science step by step                                                                                                                      


Jennifer said...

Boys and robotics....what a perfect combo! My boys are counting down the days until they are old enough to join our local homeschool robotics team. Looks like it was lots of fun!


Kelli Becton said...

It was fun Jennifer and I love the boys/ robotics combo too :) thanks

Tonya @ TheTraveling Praters said...

Now that is something my boys would have enjoyed a few years ago! :)

I think you read my post that is scheduled for tomorrow. Two of my tips are to check out reciprocal memberships and to ask for discounts. Discounts may not apply, but if you don't ask you'll never know!

Anonymous said...


My boys would have loved this! Great blog!

Rebecca said...

Wow, that is awesome. I just checked out the website and wish we could join...the fees are too high for us, though. You are very blessed to be able to do that for your kids!

Kelli Becton said...

Oh man- Rebecca - we paid less than $50 for a family membership and it lasts all year all over the country

Joy said...

oh wow! My kids would have loved doing a class like this. I would have had that confused and dazed look as well! I am checking out about the memberships. I had never thought to do something like that!

Kelli Becton said...

Oh good Joy- I'm so glad you are going to look into it