Do your kids have an interest in engineering? Engineering is a complex field with a lot of career options. The middle school children in my daughter’s school participated in an engineering challenge in which they entered a variety of competitions. The categories were a penny boat challenge, a paper airplane competition, a math competition, “Wacky Wonder Works”, the ping pong ball launcher, a toothpick bridge challenge, a robot competition and a graphic design challenge. Last year my daughter entered the ping pong launcher contest and this year she did the graphic design contest. The theme was “Engineering New Horizons”. Our school has quite a few winners, so proud of them! This is an annual event here in Tulsa and quite a few of the public and private schools participate. It was a huge turnout. There were also displays from colleges and technical schools. The competitions really encourage the kids to stretch their creativity and technical skills.
How would you rate your pain? What does Big Hero 6 have to do with Nursing and Engineering? When I first saw the movie with my daughter a few weeks ago, I was expecting the same generic story line which it seems are in a lot of kids movies lately. I was in for a pleasant surprise. I am a nurse, and every day, I have to ask people what their pain level is. When the cute marshmallow man Bay Max starts doing the same thing, I thought I was going to loose it laughing!! How can you not love him as a health care companion? As for engineering, the plastic-looking suit that Hiro makes for Bay Max is created using a similar machine to one my daughter and I tried out last year at an engineering lab. So cool! Congrats to the creators of this adorable movie!
Where we live the local engineering club has a lab that can be used for a yearly fee. Interested parties can also try out the lab for free for a day. We decided to give it a try, and got to try out the Maker Bot, which is a smaller version of the machine Hiro used to create Bay Max’s first suit. The designer uses a computer to create a basic design, then transfers the information to the Maker Bot. The 3-Dimensional design is created layer by layer. My daughter chose to make a “W” (the first letter for Webkinz!). It is amazing what it can do. Although we could not join the club at the time, the members were very helpful, and gave use a lot of information about all the different machines they had available for use. Definitely worth going for the day.
I don’t know if a trip to the pet store can be considered “educational” for my daughter and grandson, but at the very least it was entertaining. The store we went to had a large variety of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The little grandson liked the ferrets the best, as they were very interactive. My daughter loved the model figures better than the live animals! Oh well, you can’t predict what will catch their interest. The staff was also very informative, and told us a lot about the animals were were observing. I find that if you go at a quiet time, when the staff is not busy, they are more likely to engage in spontaneous conversation about the pets for sale. We learned a lot about the snakes and frogs they had on display (although mom here will not be purchasing any of those creatures!). What do you think? Have you used the free resources at your local pet store? I homeschooled for years and with proper planning, the local pet store can be very informative for children (and adults), and just a fun, free activity to do when it is cold outside. As an added plus, this store allowed people to brings their dogs into the store to the total delight of my grandson.
Winter has taken a strong hold here in Oklahoma. Yesterday as I worked, I could see the flakes falling heavily outside. By the time I was heading home, the snow had turned to frozen rain. Not a good combination! The highway was a nightmare, but surprisingly some of the main roads were okay. I made it home safe and sound, very grateful! Today my daughter and I ventured out, since the snow was melting, and took some pictures at a few parks around town. The blanket of white made a beautiful backdrop. If we stood still we could hear the sound of the snow dripping from the trees as it melted. In a local stream a group of ducks were fighting for a small open area of water. They really are amazing how they can tolerate the cold. It was in the teens yesterday with wind chills in the single digits. Today we hit 33 degrees. Lets hope this is a warming trend.
The local ducks vying for some unfrozen water.
Just strolling in the winter woods!