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Don’t Miss the Inaugural National Math Festival

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015

  The inaugural National Math Festival will take place on Saturday April 18th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and will include more than 70 events for all ages.  The festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).  This is the country’s first math festival and is free with learning events for every age, hands-on activities, demonstrations and lectures by top mathematicians. Attend a lecture by a top mathematician or programmer.  Participate in a math treasure hunt on the National Mall or play an interactive game-show in the Enid Haupt Garden and a chance to win cash.  Create Platonic geometric figures, go on a self-guided tour of the Solar System from the National Air and Space Museum to the Smithsonian Castle, explore interactive Discovery Stations at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and so much more! Highlights for the National Math Festival Include: “Knots and DNA” by Dr. Mariel Vazquez.  This lecture discuses “How Not to Be Wrong” by Dr. Jordan Ellenberg.  This lecture discuses how math touches everything we do including baseball, artificial languages, non-Euclidean geometry, the invention of calculus and more.  Smithsonian Ripley Center. “Early Math Learning with Technology:  Gracie & Friends Apps and Activities.”  Learn about this app used for subitizing and equipartitioning. Ages 2-7.   Smithsonian American History Museum.   “Cash Prizes for Everyone” take a chance all day long with this interactive game-show in the Smithsonain’s Haupt Garden.  Huge prizes offered to anyone that can “beat the house.”  Ages 14 and up.  10-4 pm. “Math Midway!” Presented by The National Museum of Mathematics consists of 20 interactive exhibits exploring shape, pattern, numbers and the world of math.  Come and see the Square-Wheeled Tricycle and Ring of Fire.  Smithsonian’s Haupt Garden. “Sort, Organize, Count, Categorize:  Collect!”  This hands on early childhood activity allows children to create and display their own collection drawing upon inspiration from the Smithsonian collections.  Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.  Time: 10-2.  Ages 2-4. “Geometric Origami” is a building workshop presented by The Bridges Organization.  Learn about Platonic solids.  Make a mathematical origami octahedron and a dodecahedron.  All ages.  Smithsonian Ripley Center, Concourse. 10-4. “Math on the National Mall” A self guided tour.  Learn about math during this math treasure hunt!  Locate trapezoids, Mobius Strips, pyramids and more as you complete your search among the buildings, museums and art galleries along the National Mall.  Math map provided.  10-4 pm.  Meeting Place:  Smithsonian Ripley Center.  Ages 11 and up. Smithsonian’s Ripley Center (meeting place).  10-4. “Celebration of Mind: Mathematical Games, Magic and Puzzles”  Come out and cut, color, fold and glue mathematical illusions.  Explore hands-on puzzles with the Julia Robinson Math Festival.  All ages.  Smithsonian Ripley Center. 10-4. Learn about the fundamentals of Aerodynamics, decoding starlight, black holes, exoplanets and more at the interactive stations at the National Air and Space Museum.  Ages 8 and up. Watch a local team of experts build a hyperbolic star — a stellated icosahedron with embedded hyperbolic surfaces. Come listen to Stony Brook University math professor Dr. George Hart lecture about how “Math is Cool!”  Smithsonian Ripley Center Room 3037b.  3-3:45. For more information about the festival:  National Math...

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April Field Trips: William Sonoma Jr Chef Classes, LEGO Store & More (Free)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015

Culinary Events & Classes @ William Sonoma Saturday, April 11, at 10 am Junior Chef: Lunch Box Lessons Saturday, April 18 at 10 am Junior Chef: DIY Homemade Drinks Saturday, April 25 at 10 am Junior Chef: Baking Bundts   Call your local store to register! Home Depot The following information is taken from Home Depot’s website: Saturday, April 4 (9:00 am- 12:00 pm) Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand Come learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12 All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Register online at Home Depot. LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build! The following information is taken from LEGO’s website: Tuesday,  7 (beginning at 5:00 pm until supplies last) LEGO UFO Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Ask a Brick Specialist for details.   Lowes Kids Clinic The following information is taken from Lowes’ website: Saturday, April 11 (10:00 am) See It Grow Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch and more.  Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great kit! Register online...

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Atlanta Science Festival

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

The second annual Atlanta Science Festival takes place March 21-28th and celebrates science, technology, math and engineering.  The festival was founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce with over 30,000 people attending the inaugural festival in 2014.  The festival combines top organizations, museums, schools and companies such as Google and IBM. The science festival offers a free family oriented  EXPO taking place Saturday March 28th from 11-4 at Centennial Olympic Park.  Come experience a “Farmer Scavenger Hunt” on a real organic farm Sunday March 29th at Gaia Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.  If you live in metro Atlanta, this is a great learning opportunity for your family.  Here are some highlights for the festival: hands on activities facility tours presentations performances throughout metro Atlanta FREE family Expo including hands on activities, demonstrations and stage shows. “Earth in Twilight” presented by Georgia Tech 6-9 pm.  Come and learn about how scientists are illuminating the Earth.  Teens 13-18. “How Not to Be Wrong”  Learn from Jordan Ellenburg as part of Georiga Tech’s “Science Matters Lectures” about the many hidden and chaotic sources of math.  Ellenburg will teach students how math surrounds us everywhere.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  Ages 13-18.  The Clary Theater inside the Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Tech, 190 North Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30332 “Making and Tinkering:  How Play Develops Social Awareness” for Educators and Adults.  Learn about play while attending this workshop at The Children’s School.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  7-8:30 pm.  The Children’s School Gym, Atlanta. “Nerd Nite:  ATL/ASF”  This event features three talks about the brain.  Adults $5. “STEM to STEM”  Mentoring program for teenagers interested in pursuing a science career.  International Google Science Fair. Teens ages 13-18.  FREE with advanced registration.  3/27 10-2.  Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta 1175 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA. Michael Green the Science Machine presents “Science for Everyone.”   This event features amazing experiments.  Children ages 5-12.  Friday 3/27 6-7:30 pm. FREE.  Little Shop of Stories 133A East Court Square Decatur GA 30030. “Cosmo Camp In” $20.  If you like rockets and space missions this event is for you!    The Cosmic Camp In takes place at the exhibit hall at the DCSD Fernbank Science Center.  Come out and see the Apollo 6 Command Module, launch rockets and prepare liquid nitrogen marshmallows.  You will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations of smart material resistance. Students will have the opportunity to examine a sample of the layers arranged for protective suits and design and assemble fabric into a space suit model.  Students get their own cosmic t-shirt. For children and families.  Friday 3/27 9pm to 12 am.  DCSD Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307. Many more lectures and events available. Highlights of Saturday’s Expo include: 11-4pm March 28th at Centennial Olympic Park. Open to adults, families and children of all ages. More than 100 interactive hands-on exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances. Meet local scientists and engineers Explore the Bio-Bus and STEAM Truck Design a paper airplane Touch a brain Explore the Biotech Tent and Maker Village Main Stage Highlights: “Matter Matters” by the Tellus Science Museum “From Fire to Ice: Chemistry Demos” by ChEmory “Take Flight” by Big Thinkers “The Circle of Life” by The Children’s School “Animal Encounters” by Zoo Atlanta “The Sand Princess and Friends” by the Georgia Mineral Society “Roob & Noob Theatre for the Very Young” by...

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DISCOUNT BROADWAY: Roald Dahl’s Matilda Discount Tickets

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015

Roald Dahl’s Matilda on Broadway up to 45% Off This New Yorker may live south of the Mason-Dixon line, but still loves a good Broadway show now and again.  Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors — I’ve read the entire collection to my oldest and am in the process of transferring the stories to the other three. Matilda is a fantastic story about a precocious gifted student who loves to learn and with the help of her beloved teacher, Ms. Honey,   overcomes trails and tribulations at her elementary school.  At the moment it’s showing on Broadway for as much as 45% off the original price for TravelZoo members.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Travel Zoo, it’s a FREE online travel company that offers phenomenal discounts and promotions to their members. Over the years I’ve used TravelZoo to book first class trips for my parents at the Fairmont Hotel in Hamilton, the five star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin (They paid for them, I just found the deals and helped arrange the logistics), gorgeous 1/2 price hotel rooms in Boston, Southampton, Atlanta, and Florida.  I’ve also utilized their discount services for four star Jean-George restaurant deals in Washington and New York, picked up Nationals baseball tickets for as low as $11 and much, much more.  As of this writing Broadway tickets can be had via TravelZoo for a fraction of their price.  So if you happen to be in New York this spring and are looking for something fun to do with your family, check out the following promotion: Promotion Performance Details: Performances are held at the Shubert Theatre between now and May 31st. Balcony seats (Rows E-F) are $37 (reg. $72) Mezzanine Side (Rows G-K) are $59 (reg. $72-$102) Select Orchestra and Front Mezzanine are $89 (reg. $89-$137) Saturday & Sunday discounts available $47-$99 (reg. $77-$147) Not available March 24th Seating is limited and may sell out How to Purchase Matilda Broadway Tickets up to 45% Off: If you not already a TravelZoo member, sign up for free with your e-mail here:  Travel Zoo Sign In/Sign Up. Once you are a member, click here:  Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical on Broadway. You may purchase tickets online or through the phone with the TravelZoo discount...

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Field Trips: The Zoo

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

“According to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) there are over 10,000 zoos worldwide” (from National Geographic). Chances are with so many zoos around there is a zoo within driving distance of your house or if not near you, then near someone else you know (grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister etc.). If neither of these scenarios is an option then consider visiting a zoo on your next family vacation. If it’s a good zoo not only will your children enjoy it, but you will as well. And if all else fails visit a virtual zoo online or watch animals live, courtesy of zoo animal...

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STEM: Science & Engineering Festival 2015

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

  USA Science and Engineering Festival & X-STEM Symposium 2015 Last year we had the pleasure of attending the USA Science & Engineering Festival along with the X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. and, as expected, it did not disappoint. USA Science & Engineering Expo The 4th annual USA Science & Engineering Festival is the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education event in the U.S. and includes hand-on demonstrations, lectures given by top industry speakers, free information sessions and hands-on interactive lessons.  Many top universities and colleges participate including schools such as Johns Hopkins, M.I.T. and Carnegie Mellon University.  Parents and students have the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and speakers, engage in lessons and collect information regarding numerous scientific educational programs. This year’s festival is sponsored by Lockheed Martin with the X-STEM Symposium sponsored by MedImmune.  The festival will again take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D. C.  Unlike in years past, the free Expo will take place the weekend of April 16th & 17th with X-Stem concluding the festival on April 28th, 2015. X-STEM Extreme Symposium The X-STEM symposium offers incredible Ted-Style talks for middle and high school students.  This one day program consists of lectures and workshops given by top speakers in the science, math, medical and engineering professions.  Speakers hail from top universities, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations. Subjects include: Space Exploration Paleontology Bio-inspired robotics Marine Biology Mathematics Geoscience Computer Science Photography Pharmacology Medicine Astronomy Physics Chemistry   Fun Learning Events Include: Meet the creator of StoryBookMath, Ms. Vanessa Thompson, and learn how she makes learning math exciting for students. Listen to Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tell his story of how he transformed his life from an immigrant picking weeds to a neurosurgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Attend Oracle Academy Workshop and learn how to get started programming using Java with Carnegie Mellon’s Alice program (For those of you that remember the remarkable Randy Pausch from “The Last Lecture” — he helped create this program). Take an adventure with PaleoQuest and explore the ocean for new species of sharks, whales and other marine mammals. Listen to famous mathematician Dr. Frank Morgan known for proving the “Double Bubble” conjecture, discuss his techniques for motivating students and teaching mathematics. Listen to a lecture by Mr. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway human transporter. And many more lectures and hands-on workshops — too many to list here in this post. Logistics: Location: Walter E. Convention Center, Washington D.C. 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001 Date:  April 28th from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Registration is still available to attend X-Stem. If you are an HSLDA member please contact them for the FREE admission code valid for up to six people for the X-STEM Symposium. Sneak Peak Friday will take place Friday April...

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