I was provided full admission to the Science Center for my family and four full admission tickets for a giveaway to my readers, by Great Lakes Science Center. All opinions are my own.
Science and nature go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sure you can enjoy them separately, they are quite tasty all on its own, but to really appreciate them its best to do so together.
Of course, without the bread it's not really a good sandwich at all and that's what the Great Lakes Science Center is in my analogy. The bread that brings two great things together to make them even better.
Math has never been so exciting, at least to me, as it was last Saturday afternoon as the kids and I explored the 40 interactive exhibits in 2theXtreme: MathAlive!
Telling the kids over and over that math is important is challenging, but letting them experience the math behind some of their favorite things, well, that just makes the job so much easier.
My son wants to be an architect. He comes up with some fantastic plans for buildings but when he actually got to plan a structure in The Engineered City exhibit and it was tested against the elements, math took on a whole new meaning.
Honestly, all the Build Your World exhibits intrigued him from virtually testing the water supply of a city for safe consumption to deciding where power should be directed in a city when it is faced with a storm.
Baby girl is a dancer. She is constantly moving to the rhythm in her head so naturally she gravitated towards Step Up - Dance Motion. She was able to experience the mathematical functions that create moving color effects, watching the transformations in real time.
They were both intrigued with this huge contraption with musical instruments and mixing decks that will allow the user to add and take away various instruments to create a giant instrument on a continuous loop. You can hear it in the background of baby girl's dancing Instagram
Style Revolution was a huge hit with what seems to be everyone. In a nutshell, someone stands in the middle of several cameras, at different angles are pointed to the center. It uses the same freeze-motion technique made famous in contemporary action movies capturing your image in 360 degrees.
We spent the majority of the day playing on snowboards, rock climbing, mountain bike racing, cracking binary codes, developing games, and so much more! This is the best way to spend a cold, wintery afternoon.
Currently, there are three films playing at the OMNIMAX and we went to see Born to Be Wild.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Born to Be Wild is about two extraordinary women who separately created rescue habitats for orphaned orangutans and elephants with the goal being to send them home. My baby girl was bawling by the end because she wanted the animals to stay in the habitats. She was so worried that they would not survive the wild, but the movie was truly touching and emotional.
We ran out of time otherwise I would have taken the kids into the Cleveland Creates Zone. It's GLSC's newest permanent exhibit where you and your family have an opportunity to be able to discover how something works.
Cleveland Creates Zone introduces you to the design and engineering process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It's DIY with a techie twist!Right now there are five challenges: parachute pod, race car pod, rocket pod, light connections pod, and shoe cobbler. Using critical thinking and problem-solving skills along with collaboration and creativity, you can create and test if what you made will work in simulated conditions. Hands-on fun for kids of all ages.