Upgrade your gift this holiday season with HMNS’ fall Lego Robotics course

Editor’s note: Today’s blog comes from Xplorations Camp Coordinator Kelsey Friedemann

HMNS’ new Lego Robotics after-school program debuted this fall and was met with great success. The course was adapted from our popular Robotics summer camp, but was redesigned for a smaller class environment with more hands-on experience. Many of our fall students entered class with little to no experience, but they quickly learned how to build a robot and how to program it, as well.

Over the 10-week class, students were able to participate in specific programming challenges. As they advanced beyond introductory activities, they learned how to program their robots to make sharp turns, avoid objects using the ultrasonic sensor, and even perform a unique dance.

Lego Robotics now available for Fall courses at both HMNS locationsThe small class size allowed the students more freedom in constructing their robots, as well. One student decided to recreate the wheel for his robot — literally. He expanded upon the introductory wheel system and created a mega-wheel, but soon realized that a bigger wheel does not necessarily make a more effective wheel. Through experimentation, he was able to conclude that an earlier adaptation would make his robot more functional.

By the final week, the students could manipulate their robots to perform a multitude of tasks using several different attached sensors.

So take it up a notch this holiday season. Legos are always a hit, but this year, give the gift of knowledge!

Lego Robotics now available for Fall courses at both HMNS locationsHMNS’ Lego Robotics course makes a special, educational gift for any child – and it’s available at both Museum locations:

Ten Tuesdays at HMNS
Jan 8 – March 19
4:30 – 6 p.m.
$240 | $190 for members

Ten Thursdays at HMNS in Sugar Land
Jan 10 – March 31
4:30 – 6 p.m.
$240 | $190 for members

Attention, shoppers: The HMNS Museum Store has a new address at museumstore.hmns.org

Ermagherd, it’s here!

The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

The HMNS Museum Store is now online. That’s right, all the gleaming goodies at our stunning store are now available for purchase at our brand new online address: museumstore.hmns.org.

Apparel and accessories that make you think. Home goods that make you giggle. Jewelry that makes people jealous. It’s all online just in time for the holidays, with a little extra cheer: 100 percent of the Museum Store proceeds benefit HMNS and its programming. AND you can get it all with your member discounts that you won’t get anywhere else.

 

The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Preview: Disney’s A Christmas Carol [12 Days of HMNS]

Bah, HUMBUG! Today is the Third Day of HMNS! In the spirit of the classic holiday carol, we’re taking 12 days to feature 12 different videos that preview or go behind-the-scenes of a holiday museum activity, here on the blog (or, you can get a sneak peek at all the videos on 12days.hmns.org – we won’t tell).

For our third video, preview Charles Dickens’ timeless tale – A Christmas Carol, stunningly reimagined by Disney. Then come to the Museum to experience it as never before – six stories high at the Wortham IMAX Theatre. (Plus, tickets include admission to the Museum’s permanent exhibits!)

Disney’s A Christmas Carol captures the fantastical essence of this classic in a groundbreaking motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Jim Carrey, begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey, he must open his heart before it’s too late.

Click play to preview this immersive movie adventure, now showing in the Wortham IMAX Theatre!

Happy Holidays!

Need to catch up?
The First Day of HMNS – Explore: Snow Science
The Second Day of HMNS – Preview: The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition

Get into the holiday spirit! Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event, exhibit and film: 12days.hmns.org

Happy Holidays!

Dead Man’s Party – Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos artwork by one of our hmns bloggers!

Halloween is this Saturday and everyone is scrambling to put together their costumes and figuring out what parties to go to Friday and Saturday. But what are your plans for Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd!?

The education department here at HMNS offered an encore event to last year’s very popular Dia de los Muertos Educator Overnight and teachers came from all over the greater Houston area to learn about this incredible holiday and how to do some activities with their own students so that they may learn more about the culture. If you want to learn how to make sugar skulls check out this guide online – it has some great tips on how to make some incredible shaped sugar treasures!

Above you’ll see an artwork that references La Calavera Catrina, an etching done by Mexican printmaker Jose Guadelupe Posada in 1913. La Catrina and some of Posada’s other artwork is reproduced and can be seen around town available on book bags, t-shirts and in jewelry – especially around Dia de los Muertos. This piece pictured here is composed completely out of dyed eggshells by one of our very own hmns bloggers!

Below are some of the fun hands on activities and projects the teachers did at the Overnight this year and don’t worry – we’re already thinking up some cool ideas for “Dia de los Muertos II – the Overnight Sequel for Educators” – next October! Drop me a line if you want to receive notice when we start accepting registrations for this Overnight in 2010 – overnights@hmns.org.

Decorating sugar skulls
Decorating sugar skulls
Calacas puppet in progress
Calacas puppet in progress
Cigar box altar
Cigar box altar
This tiny clay skull is perfect for a tiny cigar box altar table!
This tiny clay skull
is perfect for a tiny cigar box altar table!
Completed sugar skulls!
Completed sugar skulls!