USA Science + Engineering Festival
My Mom, sister and I are gearing up for a mega weekend in Washington, DC at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. We’ll spend two days showing kids how to make simple circuits and thaumatropes.
I’m nervous because it’s an entire weekend. And there will be thousands and thousands of people. And I have to drive into DC. I hate driving in DC. And I have to organize all the stuff we’re taking. I’m terrible at organizing.
Actually, I more excited than nervous. Bill Nye the Science Guy is hosting a star gazing party (less intimate than our family one but with way more celebrity power, Woo Hoo!) and the Myth Busters are there again this year. My kids’ heads are going to explode. They’re huge fans. They’ve come up with all sorts of ideas for Adam and Jamie’s new Unchained Reaction show.
And of course, I’m absolutely swooning over all the psychology presentations. Honestly, I know I should try to maintain some air of mystery, element of maturity or glamor about myself, but forgive me as I totally go all kid in a candy shop on you for a moment: OMG I AM SO EXCITED!
The brain is such a fascinating machine. Did you know that by simply teaching children how the brain works, they can improve how they approach learning? And how we, as adults, can apply these same methods to keep our brains nimble and strong? This is quite reductionist, but by simply exposing yourself to new experiences, you create new neural connections. It’s why living in a different country increases our creativity, and taking on new hobbies throughout our lives reduces our risk for developing Alzheimers.
And also why it’s critical to maintain a lifestyle of play throughout our years. It’s not just a cute thing for kids. It’s a necessary exercise for the lifespan.
But I digress…
I told you I was excited. *wink*
Anyway, if you can, check out the Festival this weekend. If you can’t, get the kids to create their very own Science + Engineering Festival. Just click here for a link to projects pictured below.