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!