Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley

We attended the Wizard's Festival at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

"A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away — these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard's Lab! As "science wizards," students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics."

It was a great experience. The staff performed a wonderful show explaining and demonstrating static electricity - highly entertaining and educational.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Astronomy show at the Fujitsu Planetarium in Cupertino 2011

"The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" is an animated planetarium show that led us from Earth to all nine planets, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Uranus, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. We learned about how they look like, what they are made of, their temperatures and how far they are away.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Field trip to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz

This was a fun and educating trip. We caught a wet, rainy day, so the butterflies were clustering high up in the eucalyptus trees, trying to keep warm and dry. We looked at the caterpillar garden and saw cocoons. Inside the educational center a guide, with the active help of some parents, explained the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. ... being a caterpillar was hilarious ...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Create Academy in San Jose

The Schertle family, a homeschooling family in San Jose, CA, offers several times throughout the year classes to the home school community. Today we had fun creating brushbots, speedy little robots using a toothbrush, micro-pager motor and battery.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Zoppe Italian Family Circus

My favorite event of the year! This is a traditional family style Italian circus. They come to Redwood City every year and entertain for a week. Don't miss it. It's a deeply heartfelt experience which will make you laugh and cry and feel full of wonder. Their web site has  a lot of photos and background information.

Field trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America. We saw a mummy and many other artifacts. The tour guide told us interesting stories from the times of Pharaos and pyramids. A very interesting place to visit, you will feel like being in a different world and time.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homeschool Day at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco

This is a wonderful place to explore Nature and Science. There is the Rainforest dome, the planetarium, the aquarium, the African wildlife dioramas and always changing exhibits. Every time we go we discover something new.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose

This was a great day. We learned how stone age people painted the cave walls. They used clay dissolved in water, charcoal and plant colors. The kids had fun making their own cave painting.