Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HMNS Science day: just barely avoided information overload

We only have seven museum science days in a school year. It seems that the museum and supporting activities and exhibits would like to cram a school year's worth of data into those seven days. Not that that would be a bad thing, I'm happy it's very full. Add all the social interaction and it leads to saturation of information by day's end.

This month's science day included study of Portuguese sea explorers, swamp animals (with one to pet: alligator, snake, frog, turtle and fish), navigation studies, rock formations(made a compass), and a
tour of the Battleship Texas exhibit. 
And caught up with friends' lives and football at lunch.

A great lunch and running off steam after is the best way to avoid information overload. Have a high protein breakfast helps concentration in the morning. Being able to relax once home after long drive from the city, talking and reviewing all they learned, helps to retain information. Ceci just now told me a long explanation about a type of frog that keeps its young in its mouth to help it eat (lots of details thrown in). 

From Internet search:-

Lilly hung out with me. We rode train, played at parks and played around museum and go to the Texas exhibit.

We spotted this art exhibit of strange shapes at the park. Strange blobs with bad posture.

Battleship Twxas exhibit was interesting. We had great documents who work at the museum and knew so much or rather everything about the ships. The one in San Jacinto is Texas II and battled in World War I and World War II, the only ship to do this. First to have radar, first to launch (bycatapult) a plane from the ship. 

Silver punch bowl with Stephen F Austin and Sam Houston as handles, donated by the people of Waco,

And we saw this guy hanging outside. He lives in the butterfly rainforest.

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