once a month we still head out the national museum of the US navy
for their full STEAM ahead homeschool science days.
it has a different format,
but it still works for us,
and it’s still free.
we can arrive anytime between 10AM and 2PM
and choose any or all of the ready-made science projects and experiments to do at our own pace.
this month the subject area was simple machines.
here the girls are discovering how pulleys make work easier.


patented ingenuity at the pg african american museum

just around the corner from us
at the intimate prince george’s african american museum and cultural center
was the exhibit patented ingenuity: the art of african american inventors.
we discovered just a few of the patents made by african americans,
— some from prince george’s county in particular —
including the first water gun,
air conditioner for vehicles,
turtle-shaped lawn sprinkler
and many more.

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there was also space for inspired visitors to share their own invention.
note the shoes with detachable soles;
when you start seeing them in the stores
remember that you saw it here first.

a book that shaped me

the national book festival has never been this fun.
this year, mercyGirl was a maryland finalist in the library of congress
a book that shaped me summer writing contest.
in addition to dropping by the national book festival this year,
and waiting forever in line at the wells fargo booth to experience their virtual maze challenge interactive game,
we attended the contest awards ceremony
where the contest winners got to read their essays
about a book that made a difference in their lives.
we could tell why the winners won:
those avid readers were also very good writers mashaAllah.


congratulations, mercyGirl. write on!


the girls ended their summer with an archery workshop
that included archery anatomy, safety and techniques,
making their own arrow,
and, of course, time at the range getting close and personal
with a bow and arrow.
this was not their first time shooting,
but no class has been this thorough.
ms. behrend was their certified 4-H archery instructor
at the rustic Patuxent River 4-H Center.

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now all we need is a archery club for kids in PG county.