Thanks, bobjengr. I agree with you. Kids really seem to be engaged by fun exhibits and hands-on activities like the ones in these museums and it's important to preserve these places and keep the exhibits fresh and interesting. That's one of the reasons why I think it's so great that ebm-papst did this project for free, just to enhance the exhibit. It's great when companies make moves like this in their community.
Yeah, these museums--which I think probably every major city has--are such a great chance for kids to learn...and adults, too! I am not so scientifically minded, so it fascinates me, too, to learn how things work sometimes.
We have in our town a "Discovery Museum" whth exhibits suitable for children as young as three years old. The most popular exhibit, by far, deals with ocean currents and how those currents can float an object from point "A" to point "B". It's really fascinating. I think our two grandsons hold the record for the most hours spent in the facility in one day. One saturday, I took them for a visit around 10:00 in the morning. We left at 2:30 that afternoon. So much to see and there are traveling exibits that come and go. Connecticut deserves a great deal of credit for the reonvation and certainly the upkeep of the facility. This is one of the best methods to interest students in all of the possibilities realtive to the engineering profession. Great post Elizbeth.
Ha, that's great! It reminds me of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which has a bunch of interactive displays like that. Kids will not only have a blast but they get to learn about physics as well.
Yes, Cadman-LT! I am lucky to live by the sea and used to live in a town where sailing is quite popular--I have many friends who are sailors. I've only gone a few times myself but it is quite fun, especially when there's a good wind! I've even participated in a little regatta with other boats and learned how to perform crew tasks. Very exciting!
Yes, I remember going to science centers in different cities that I've lived (Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, for example, is amazing) and thinking how great they are for kids. But also as an adult I was quite fascinated myself by some of the exhibits. It's a really good way to ignite the imagination in general but yes, especially of young people who might be considering science as a career.
Elizabeth, good point. Getting young people interested in engineering, science and math in this country is important. We have a children's science museum in our town and the number of kids interested in the STEM fields is very high. I think this has an effect. I also like the sailboat idea (I've always liked sailboats).
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