Night at the Museum (of Science) April 5, 2011Posted by koneillscfg in Clubs.
This was my view when I woke up at 6:30 AM on Saturday, March 12th.
Under normal circumstances, waking up to a T-Rex standing over you would be cause for alarm. But when you work for Science Club for Girls, it just comes with the territory. I had the wonderful pleasure of spending the night at the Boston Museum of Science with 45 amazing members of Science Club for Girls!
Girls from Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, and Newton were treated to a jam-packed itinerary of hands-on science activities. In a mere 16 hours we:
- Were the very first overnight group to see the museum’s new Planetarium show
- Figured out how to escape from rope handcuffs, made mobius strips, designed and created our own optical illusions, and learned about physics using over 10,000 dominoes!
- Saw lightning bolts produced by the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator
- Participated in a special show on the Science of Sound
- Ate dippin’ dots (a very important part of the night!)
- Saw an Omni movie about dolphins
- Explored the regular museum exhibits
- And slept (HA!) under a T-Rex
And besides all the science stuff, we did all the fun stuff girls do on sleepovers – ate snacks, strategically set up our sleeping bags for maximum night time chats, painted our fingernails, and giggled into the wee hours of the morning. Just because girls are into science doesn’t mean they can’t be girly too!
I’ll admit, I was achy and tired when I got home the next day. But it was easy to shake off when I thought about all the new things our girls got to try, see, and do through this experience. For as much as we are able to accomplish during our weekly science clubs, nothing beats field trips to see science and technology in action. Speaking of action, take a look at two of our girls participating in the Electricity show: