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10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM

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Elizabeth M   1/22/2015 2:07:29 PM
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Those are good ones, too, npitech. I kept the list to 10, and didn't want to saturate it with too many places from one region. I also didn't want to make it necessarily too tech-heavy...there are a lot of other aspects of science and engineering, too. But these are definitely great places and kids would learn a lot from them.

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npitech   1/21/2015 1:47:05 PM
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How can you not have the Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose on the list?

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npitech   1/21/2015 1:46:57 PM
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How can you not have the Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose on the list?

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Elizabeth M   1/19/2015 9:04:32 AM
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Thanks, Chuck. Just read your story about the Francis Dam disaster. Indeed, it's a good thing engineers learned from that before undertaking such a huge project as the Hoover Dam. Lives were still lost building the dam, such a massive project it was. But it has held up over all this time. Can you imagine if it didn't? That would be a disaster of epic proportions.

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Elizabeth M   1/19/2015 8:48:04 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, Dave. You seem very proud of Chicago--is it your hometown? ;) I agree it's a great place for culture, history, art, architecture, food etc. There are so many things in the area to see and do, and it's beautiful as well. Now if it wasn't so darned cold in the winter...

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Charles Murray   1/16/2015 6:35:34 PM
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Great list, Liz. The Kennedy Space Center and Hoover Dam are two of my personal favorities. Interestingly, the Hoover Dam is a great example of engineers learning from their mistakes. The St. Francis Dam catastrophe that we wrote about a few weeks ago served as a design lesson for the engineers working on the Hoover Dam.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1395&doc_id=275998

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Dave Palmer   1/16/2015 4:37:01 PM
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A few more engineering-related places in Illinois: the Fermilab National Accelerator in Batavia (near Chicago), the Caterpillar Visitor Center in Peoria, and the John Deere Pavillion in Moline.

It's more history- than STEM-related, but a couple years ago I took my kids on a memorable Illinois trip that included the Rock Island Arsenal (one of the few places you can see an actual M65 atomic cannon), Nauvoo (where the Mormons built their utopia in the 1840s), Cahokia (an ancient Native American city and the largest archaeological site north of Mexico), and Springfield (the state capital and home to the excellent Abraham Lincoln museum).  We also saw miles and miles of corn and soybeans.

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Elizabeth M   1/16/2015 1:52:41 PM
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I've already gotten some good suggestions for other places that might have been on this list. I'm open to more! I chose these places because I thought they were a good mix between actualy institutions, like museums, and natural places that are both beautiful and can teach important lessons in geology and how nature works. There are many more not included, so it would be good to hear more about places that inspired you.


Frankly, I'm just realizing I could have very easily put the Grand Canyon on this list! Seems like a no brainer now. And it's a place I've actually been to that really inspired me (even though I didn't pursue a STEM career).

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Elizabeth M   1/16/2015 12:09:48 PM
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Also good suggestions, ttemple. In fact, a list for just for great air and space museums could probably be done, as could a list for great places to visit overseas to interest kids in STEM.

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Elizabeth M   1/16/2015 11:50:44 AM
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Another great suggestion, thanks, Kingkrabbe. I wasn't aware of that museum but it sounds like a great place to visit.

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