just when i thought we’d have to skip this year’s program
because there was nothing new for my girls,
the National Building Museum added more exciting and relevant topics
to their children’s programs this past January.
radianceGirl became a cartographer for a couple hours
while mercyGirl and signGirl built a green roof.
as with all workshops at the NBM that my girls have been to,
they didn’t just talk about stuff;
they designed/built stuff too.
isn’t that what architecture is all about?
while the big girls were doing their workshops,
prayerGirl was really diggin’ the Building Zone.
it was all about optics last december during homeschoool day at the Navy Museum.
they explored lasers, prisms, reflection, the concepts of convex and concave,
learning all about light waves, colors and how light behaves.
we’d already seen 1001 inventions twice,
but the national geographic museum kept us coming back with
its free, hands-on workshop with Ideaventions
exploring modern applications of historic innovations.
the girls used digital microscopes,
programmed musically-inclined LEGO robotics kits to play the drums,
and used the engineering cycle to design, build, and test structures
on an earthquake table.
watch signGirl have her structure tested on the earthquake table: