We made a visit to the NY Hall of Science last week. We haven't been there in so long. Now that I'm back at my old job, I (we) have the corporate membership to everything again. They redid the place. The lower level is all maker, DIY, and lab stuff now. They have better hours than they used to, too.
Two great homeschool group trips were held this week. In the first, we were part of a wonderful class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was on weapons used throughout the world from the Sumerians and Assyrians to World War I. Our instructor is a homeschool mom and also a college professor of history. You can tell by the way she put everything together (the handout, the tour, the topics) and by the way she spoke that she truly loves history. Anything becomes so much more engaging when taught by a person so passionate about it.
The other trip this week was to the National Weather Service at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. This is the office where all of the weather alerts, warnings, and advisories come from. They are in constant contact with the mayor, schools chancellor, and all the major local tv and radio stations. They are present for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Years Eve in Times Square and for events at Met Life Stadium. We discussed so many things about weather, including the upcoming snow storms, the major hurricanes our area had, and the recent tornado watches. We got to see the main area where several people were monitoring a number of computers, televisions, barometric pressure-readers, and satellites, and clocks (set to "z-time"). Our guide was a meteorologist who also does outreach.
|National Weather Service at the Brookhaven National Lab|
|National Weather Service|