Saturday, March 21, 2009

Origins '09

Origins '09: Celebrating the Birth and Life of Beginnings

At downtown Klemen Plaza, they had a FSU Science Fair that Sydney, Kai, Carrie and I attended. It was a blast! Sydney and Kai had fun making and playing with the "make & take" object lessons.

Solid and Liquid (cornstarch and water) They had been there and done this but it was still fun to play with.

The Rat Snake was Kai's favorite thing there. Carrie said that a boy who is terrified of spiders but not snakes. He had no problem touching this snake.
Sydney has always liked snakes like me. So, seeing a snake and having the opportunity to touch was a high peak for both of us this day.
Florida and Marine life are a must also! What a great experience that Sydney got to touch a living Starfish.
Holding the Starfish.
Making a tornado and drain. This was the weather area. They had a solar weather station. Which was showing 64 inches of rain today because they kept demonstrating how it worked. Sydney has made a tornado in a jar before at a Science B-day party. She took a jar, liquid soap and a penny. I think she still has it somewhere in her room.
The making of a Dodecahedron
The term dodecahedron is also used for other polyhedra with twelve faces, most notably the rhombic dodecahedron which is dual to the cuboctahedron (an Archimedean solid) and occurs in nature as a crystal form. (I looked this up... Can you tell?)
The finished dodecahedron.
But, the favorite for Sydney was the station where Mission San Luis was demonstrating artifacts and making tissue flowers. I didn't take a picture of this because Sydney goes there all the time. But, a bit about Mission San Luis is the early settlement and capital of La Florida from 1656 to 1704.

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