Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Madness Fieldtrip Style

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Have I told you how much I love Georgia? Like seriously it is such an awesome place to live. There is always a plethora of fabulous fieldtrips and exciting adventurers for us to go on. Which is great for our family since all we prefer learning through experiential means. Well next month it is going to be March Madness for fieldtripping in Georgia. I have completed our calendar and there are days we will be attempting 3+ fieldtrips (believe it or not our highest number in one day has been 7). Well I don't want to keep these awesome opportunities (many of which are FREE) all to myself so here are the 3 events you NEED to be aware of for March 2016.

March 5th - 30th Phoenix Flies 

Learn about and explore Atlanta’s historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods which are an integral part of the City’s culture and economy. The Phoenix Flies Celebration provides an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and strengthen these assets to the benefit of all. Many of the events are family friendly. Some of our favorites are the Box City workshop and Oakland Cemetery tours. You can page through the 200+ events here

March 19th - 26th - Atlanta Science Festival

Get your science on! The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of local science and technology. Science crazed people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, presentations, and performances throughout the metro Atlanta region. The Festival culminates in the FREE, family-friendly EXPLORATION EXPO which is an interactive day with more than 100 mind blowing demos, hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and stage shows at Centennial Olympic Park.

Check out the 80+ events (many of which are FREE) here.
We are really excited about all of the fabulous science events this year. Some of the things on our list include building mini robots, stargazing, physics live, science illustration, the science of Star Wars, edible science (we are going to get to meet the author of the book below), song bird walks, chemistry technicolor, arboretum walk and more.

To help us get our science on we are utilizing these 3 fabulous books from National Geographic. 

  1. National Geographic Kids Cook Book - Master chef Barton Seaver takes readers on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. The book is loaded with yummy recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, fun crafts and activities, food challenges and more. The book is easy to read and follow and loaded with wonderful photographs and amazing facts.
  2. Try This - 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You -  This book helps readers discover what makes science fun! It is filled with 50 creative science projects, weird, wacky science facts, easy to understand principles and more! All projects include easy to understand step by step instructions so kids can conduct experiments on their own with confidence and accuracy. Electrical charges, chemical explosions and food chemistry are some of the areas covered. 
  3. Edible Science -  Who knew science could be so tasty? We are really looking forward to meeting author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen during the Atlanta Science Festival. This book uses food as the tool (or ingredient!). Kids will become saucy scientists as they measure, weigh, combine and craft their way through the kitchen.  Discover dozens of thoroughly-tested, fun, edible experiments, sprinkled with helpful photos, diagrams, scientific facts, sub-experiments, and more. And the best news is when all the mad-science is done, you're invited to grab a spoon and take a bite -- and share your results with friends and family.

March 21st - 25th - Tibet Week

And lastly Tibet Week. This is a must see. The Emory-Tibet Partnership is committed to bringing together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions. Our favorite part of this event is watching the monks complete their sand mandala works of art. Last year the kids even got to try it. It was such a memorable, exciting experience. Check the link for a full schedule of events, which include demonstrations, lectures and more.

Maybe we will see you around town this month!

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