A couple weeks ago, we the kiddos and I went to OMSI. The kids had been since Buddy was just a baby … Sweetie only vaguely remembers it. Presently there is a special exhibit on space exploration so it was the perfect opportunity.
Upon arrival, we spent an hour or so in the Life Science Hall … exploring hands-on activities that introduced the kids to nanotechnology. During the second half of the twentieth century, scientists and engineers learned to observe, measure, and manipulate individual atoms and molecules. The areas of research related to this activity—known as nanoscience and nanotechnology—are leading to the creation of materials, processes, and technologies that many scientists believe will dramatically change our daily lives.
Their favorite exhibit was a large display of human fetuses whereby they could become more familiar with the different stages of human fetal development during all nine months of pregnancy. One of my good friends is a doula and we’ve frequently talked about birth … the kids also request to hear their birth story regularly.
From there we spent time in the lab where visitors generally get the chance to hold and touch a variety of animals and insects. This was not the case during our visit but we did get to observe. I would have expected the kids to be intrigued by the animals we don’t have … snakes, a tarantula, a scorpion, walking sticks, turtles, etc. … but they spent most of the time observing the rats. Go figure.
We were not able to get into the Paleontology Lab – much to our disappointment – as there was a special class taking place. We did, however, get to explore the many exhibits on dinosaurs and prehistoric life. This helped to make our previous studies more real for them. Buddy still insists he would like to be a Paleontologist.
We concluded our trip exploring the temporary exhibit, Space: A Journey to Our Future. This dynamic, multimedia exhibit looks back into the history of aeronautics and examines the many unknown questions of existence posed by future space exploration. This was a lot of fun for me as it brought back many memories of the weeks I spent at Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena as participant of a NASA Education Workshop for teachers.