the seedlings program at the US botanic garden always highlights the abundance and wonder of botany. this time it was all about natural fiber.
eating lunch afterwards in the jungle canopy (especially on a cold day) is always a fun escape from reality.
this trip was a unique opportunity to explore the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay while sailing on an 18th century schooner, the Sultana.
the group explored different types of marine life in the bay,
helped the crew with the sails,
learned the names of the different parts of the ship,
discussed how sailors lived, what they ate and the tools that were used for medical care, and
learned a bit about navigation.
you can’t get much better than class on the water with instructors who enjoy their job so much that they live where they work.
every month Kid Museum offers homeschool workshops that integrate hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math learning in a playful, engaging way.
signGirl took the Scratch & WeDo workshop where she designed an interactive machine with a LEGO WeDo kit and used the Scratch programming language to move and manipulate it.
Either this class was intensely engaging or this girl has the makings of a talented and intensely dedicated engineer. Or both.
fuller’s fantastic geodesic dome class
at the national building museum’s homeschool day.
in this class, mercyGirl learned about the geodesic dome, why Buckminster Fuller thought the dome was such an innovative structure, and how engineering and math principles combine into this unique structure, all the while working with her classmates to construct a 6.5 x 13 foot geodesic dome in the great hall.
designing for the arctic class
at the national building museum’s
signGirl became an architect for the class. Her task was to design a home for a family whose new house would be in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the US. The family wanted an environmentally sustainable home that could work with the extremely cold climate of the Arctic Circle. She and her “co-workers” investigated the climate and geography of the city, learned about green homes from the past and present, and green technologies and materials, and then she designed and constructed a model home to meet her clients’ needs.
while her sisters were in classes
at the national building museum’s homeschool day,
goodNewsGirl got to do her work: play!
owl pellet dissection with homeschool science club
at watkins nature center.
signGirl meticulously went through the owl pellet
looking for bones and then tried to identify the parts.
she was excited to find identifiable jaw bones among other things.