This week we didn't have a hike. For about 6 weeks I have been organizing a trip to the Ontario Science Center. We had 81 people there! That was just our group, there were AT LEAST 3 other LARGE groups from schools there, I wouldn't doubt if there were more. We arrived shortly before 10am. I was worried that since we had SO many families that were supposed to come that many would be late and it would be stressful. There was no need for me to worry, I had mentioned (at least once) in emails sent out to our homeschool group that we were going in at 10:15 at the latest and that everyone needed to be there by then. Everyone was! It did my heart so good. I can't thank everyone enough for showing up on time and being prepared. It was a good day for homeschoolers, I never came across one of our families whose children weren't behaving well and having fun. YA!!
The pictures I have were taken by me and Mike. Sam wanted to bring his camera. We told him no. He asked why. We told him "This isn't a hike. This is a doing place, not a looking place." He didn't understand, after all, Mike and I were bringing cameras, why couldn't he?! Try as we might, he just couldn't wrap his head around it, he just had to take our word for it. I think in the long run he was glad he did.
I will narrate as we progress through the pictures. Mike's and my pictures will be together throughout. Rather than just post mine than his, I will mix them and try and give you both perspectives through the day chronologically. :-) He got great pictures I didn't and I got some he didn't. It worked out well. So, without further ado, here is our trip to the Ontario Science Center on November 28th, 2012.
To the left of this area is a HUGE room (truth be told, they are all huge rooms!), but this particular huge room was the first stop on our tour of the Science Center. It was very hands on (well, again, the whole place was hands on), but this was the first hands on place we stopped at.
Among the many interesting things there is this small wall of computer screens. The purpose of these screens is to take a photo of someone at the station in front of them, then, using a picture of their face, the replace eyes and noses and mouths with those that are from other people. It's kind of funny. The kids really enjoyed it. Here are some photos.
I mentioned before that my camera didn't want to take pictures of anything with a reflection, well, all these screen shots were taken by Mike, this next one I took, mind you, it was of the SAME SCREENS! They were even on! You'll see my frustration.
This next machine with all the pretty lights and the many children standing at it is a lot of fluff for a little something. The child (or adult) puts their hands on the copper hand holds. When this happens the rather large machine gets your heartbeat. As it relays to you your special number of heartbeats per minute, you hear a beating sound that is supposed to be your heart, you also see the lights on your side of the machine light up toward the top. There are four sides and four colors of lights. I say this is a lot of fluff because once you see the size of the machine, just to tell you your heart beat, it seems a little bit of overkill. I could just show them how to do the same thing with a watch and a couple of fingers.
One of the many challenges I faced taking pictures here was lighting. They were HUGE rooms and many were not really well lit. I had to play with my camera settings to be able to lighten the pictures some. Ulitmately I ended up lightening most of them on Adobe. However, I got some cool shots on some of the other settings. The one that was the coolest was the setting for twilight shots. It kept the shutter open longer to let in more light. When it did that movement was blurred. THAT makes for some neat pictures! I'm just letting you know now, the blurry pictures are supposed to be that way for artistic purposes, they're not bad, unfocused shots, they're artistic shots. ;-)
After the sports room we broke for lunch. There was so much to see and explore, but bodies need fuel and we thought it was a good time to take care of that.
After stopping for lunch we moved on to the rainforest room. In it were many things about animals and the wildlife around us and our effect on them. They mentioned things about animals not liking pollution, about it being bad for the environment and how we, as concerned citizens and they (they children) as the future, could do something about it. So, onward and upward, forward we go!
After walking through this damp room, you move into another room. As you enter this other room this is what you see. Caleigh was especially interested in it.
Moving on. As you go around the fish you enter into a room full of experiments in electricity of all kinds and other interesting things to do and see. Here is a sampling.
Now, as they run in a circle, something scientific is happening, care to guess what? It seems the dad who decided to make the kids look funny had to make it scientific or they wouldn't put it in the museum, so, the scientific part to this is air movement. What happens when air gets turning around in a vortex pattern?
(not now, then, when the picture was taken.)
Do you think though, that with all those children there, that they would be satisfied just watching the hair of ONE child stand on end? NO!
After the show, we somehow managed to peel them (read, with a crowbar) out of that room. We wanted to see a little more of the Science Center. We decided to move on to a room where only 8 year olds and younger could go. Adults, according to the signage, weren't allowed in without being accompanied by a child. Honest, that's what it said! We however, had in our care, three boys that didn't fall within the 8 and under restriction. Since in our group (our group within the group that went in from our group) 4 adults and 8 children, we decided that Mike could take the boys that were too old into the Space room and we ladies would take the little 'uns into the room for little 'uns.
Meanwhile, in the space room.....
And thus concludes our tour of the Science Center.