Save The Date: GEMS on February 11, 2012!

We had a terrific time at the Girls Exploring Math and Science event last year on Saturday, February 19, 2011. The Museum was buzzing with lots of learning – songs about kinetic and potential energy, buzzing instruments made with straws, Popsicle sticks and rubber bands, and lots of “ah-hah” moments throughout the day!

We had a fabulous presenting sponsor in KBR and two of their engineers were our featured speakers, Rachel Amos and Elaine Jimenez. Rachel and Elaine shared with the GEMS attendees a bit about their careers in Mechanical Engineering with KBR, their education, some tips for aspiring young engineers and scientists, and even a little about what they loved about math and science as kids. Interactive booths were hosted throughout the building by students, girl scout troops and local organizations and companies – there was so much to learn everywhere you turned!

Girl Scout booths have just been accepted for GEMS 2012 and there are some exciting topics and new ideas I’m very excited to see.

We’re still accepting applications from School Groups for booths and if you’re just now considering hosting a booth with your friends or opening it up to your class for extra credit it’s time to get some brainstorming going!  

What is a topic you’d like to know more about? What have you recently learned that you would want to share with your peers?

Here are a few links to sites that might inspire you for your awesome GEMS booth! Applications for school booths can be found online here at the HMNS website.

The Library of Congress – Everyday Mysteries

PBS.org’s Zoom for kids  – this link is to the engineering section but they offer lots more if you click around

How Stuff Works – go ahead – ask how it works!

Penn State College of Agricultural Science – Food Science

Exploratorium.edu - so many cool things to explore!

I’m also including some fabulous outcomes provided by some of our super star 2011 presenters, the “Truth in Numbers” group and the Rice University Association for Women in Mathmatics both presented booths on the topic of statistics and asked visitors to participate in their experiments pulling samples and recording results!

We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for GEMS 2012!

Visitors were asked by the Rice University Association of Women in Mathmatics to open a funsize bag of M&M's candies and chart how many candies of each color were included.

 

 

 

Flickr Photo of the Month: Pirate Treasure [Jan. 2011]

Pirate Treasure
Pirate Treasure by mombeau2007 on Flickr
Posted here with permission.

There are some amazing photographers that wander the halls of HMNS, and when we’re lucky, they share what they capture in our HMNS Flickr pool. Each month, we share one of these photos here on the blog.

Debi (mombeau2007 on Flickr) took this photo during our recent Flickr meetup* in the Real Pirates exhibit. From the photographer:

I really enjoy the museum shoots and the challenge of getting shots within the displays. The whole “Night at the Museum” feel is wonderful. It is amazing that so many of us have the same subject matter to work with and yet come up with such variety in our results.

Shooting the coins in the treasure chest was a wonderful shot, but to get some of the texture of the coins while trying to contend with the ever present reflections was quite a challenge. I could almost feel these just by looking at the photo.

Inspired? Most of the Museum’s galleries are open for photography, and we’d love for you to share your shots with us on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. Check out the HMNS photo policy for guidelines.

Want to see – and touch! – this real pirate treasure for yourself? Only a few more weeks to discover the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah – the only authenticated pirate wreck ever discovered – in Real Pirates at HMNS!

 

 

*The photo policy for each temporary exhibition HMNS hosts is determined by the lender; photography is prohibited in the Real Pirates exhibition during general hours. When possible, the Museum seeks permission to host one-time-per-temporary-exhibit, after-hours Flickr meetups; check out our Flickr group Discussions page for updates on upcoming events.