Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

The glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are known for being realistic. If you go to the glass exhibit your reaction will probably be like mine: “These can’t be real.” Not only does the exhibit have life-like flowers, but it also has slices of the stems, the fruits, the roots, stamens, side views of a flower, and some of the flowers have insects inside them!

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Home Activity: Squishy Circuits

squishy_circuitSquishy Circuits was a STEM Night crowd favorite – everyone from preschoolers to parents enjoyed playing with this easy-to-do circuitry. Everyone learned how electricity and currents work by creating and testing circuits with a play dough-like material.

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50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)

by Erika (age 12, @KNEstemGirls)

I really enjoyed 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do probably because I am a kid. Children love to take risks, but their parents don’t, out of fear that their kid will get hurt. However, we children don’t feel fear (like Germans [Editor’s note: That’s a movie reference toThe Martian]).

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Science Olympiad

SO_logoOur daughter’s partner carefully blew up the air bladder and inserted the ping pong ball as our daughter aimed to hit the quarter-sized target 2 meters away. She released the trigger and ploosh! Their ball got within 8 centimeters of the target! The girls were off to a great start at the Regional Science Olympiad Competition. Continue reading “Science Olympiad”

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Marshmallows at the IntrepidMy 8-year-old-daughter put the marshmallows in the bell jar and turned on the pump to suck out all of the air and create a vacuum. The marshmallows began to expand. Then when she turned off the pump, the marshmallows appeared to go back to their original size. However, when the educator opened the bell jar, the marshmallows shriveled up right before our eyes!
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Liberty Science Center

My daughter turned to me with a very earnest look on her face and said, “I want a cow eye.” What would prompt a 7-year-old girl to say she wants a cow’s eye?!?

We went to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey with friends of ours who have a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son with the hope that it would have something for everyone. It reminds me of the New York Hall of Science and the Long Island Children’s Museum, but much bigger with a lot more technology and even more interactive exhibits. This spacious museum has 4 floors filled with hands-on learning including:  Continue reading “Liberty Science Center”