Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I was also pleased with the outdoor, life-sized dinosaur (Argentinosaurus), which students or families can enjoy if they pay to participate in the “electronic interactive quest”. The museum is great, but before visiting, patrons should consider that this area and the shows do require additional money.
In the photo above, a child uses an electronic "wand" & a page of written activities/instructions to interact with outdoor displays.
(In the photo below) Outside a small display of a home, alternative insulation ideas are built into the siding. (Recycled denim in the left box; recycled newspaper on the right box.)
I truly appreciated and valued the environmentally friendly ideas & information (such as recycling & conservation) that were integrated into interactive displays. (See posting about water consumption, below.)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The science center is an engaging environment for teachers and students. There are themed areas, such as a physical science area involving our “Dynamic Earth”: our clouds, tornados, hurricanes, streams & waves. In every part of the science center, each display is presented with a short explanation or instructions. Some of this information is only accessible for upper grade level elementary students, who are proficient readers. Teachers can guide students’ exploration at each exhibit, as well as prompt them to answer each of the questions contained in the museum’s grade level pamphlet.
The museum also offers pamphlets for individual K-12 grade levels, filled with photos & questions for students & teachers to answer as they visit particular exhibits. The