Mad Science Virtual STL Summer Camps!!!

It’s that time of year again, when schools are out and summer starts peeking it’s head out from behind the Arch. With school ending this year in a dramatic fashion all across the region, I have started to see exciting new opportunities pop up for kids to still have fun and participate in fun and engaging programs from the safety of their living rooms.

This summer your children can participate in some very exciting virtual summer camps provided by Mad Science STL!

During the month of June Mad Science STL is offering 4 different virtual summer camps. The camps run 3 hours each day for 5 days. A total of 1-1.5 hours is spent on an active Zoom call, but that time is not consecutive.

The time on zoom call will be spent watching experiments, learning about different science concepts, listening to instructions, and discussing what your children think and what they’ve learned.

The time off the zoom call is spent doing the activities and experiments. The majority of materials are provided by Mad Science, parents can choose to either pick up materials from our office or have them delivered/mailed for $7.50! A bargain if you ask me!!!

Other materials parents will need to provide are fairly commonplace materials such as a cup, a book, or a piece of paper. While campers are working on their activities, the Mad Scientist will be available to chat and provide clarification as needed.

Mad Science STL is offering 4 different Virtual Camps for the Month of June. Space Alien Traveler, Rocketry, and Secret Agent Lab are open to rising K-5th graders. Our 4th camp is Mad Inventors and is open to rising 2nd-5th grades.

For most campers, they should be able to participate independently, but for Rocketry, Kindergarteners and 1st graders will need help from a parent or older sibling. 

A little more about the different camps…

Space Alien Travelers June 1st-5th: Take on the role of a space alien visiting earth for the first time. Find out about how earth’s sports work. Explore the animals and nature on earth. Learn how humans communicate with secret messages. Discover how earthlings can protect their planet. Finally, it’s time to take off into space to return home as we explore space!

In this camp, campers will explore nature, physics, space, and secret messages. All of the experiments and activities will relate back to the campers being Aliens, exploring the mysteries of Earth.

A young mad scientist waiting to see what happens!

Rocketry Camp: June 8th-12th Your child’s in for an action-packed week focused entirely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight! After learning the model rocket safety code, campers will build different types of rockets and watch exciting rocket launches. We recommend this camp for children entering 2nd – 5th grade; however, children entering kindergarten and 1st grade will enjoy it as well with a little more help from a grownup at home. Note: If you wish to for your child to launch their own rockets (with adult supervision), you will need to purchase a launch kit from an online source or hobby shop. All fueled launches during camp will be virtual.

Campers will learn about different parts of rockets. They’ll also learn about NASA and how launched rockets are recovered. (K-1 campers will need help from a parent or older sibling)

Secret Agent Lab June 15th-19th: Ever dream of becoming a secret agent? We’ll start with the basics: Campers will get their very own spy glasses! Step into the shoes of a detective as you uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis! Figure out the science of forensics in a hands-on look at crime scenes! Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks as we take a hands-on investigation of the science that spies use!

Campers will create secret message, find clues, gather evidence, and learn all about spy technology.

Mad Inventors June 22nd-26th: Creative Contraption Warning! This is a camp designed by you–the Inventor! Each day you’ll be given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from the world of famous inventors, and the most important thing of all–your mind. With a little bit of ingenuity, you’ll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning design and assemble a working light saber. While Thomas Edison said invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, this camp is 100% fun!

Campers will create duct tape castles to defend, explore hovercrafts, and learn about all different types of flight. This camp is full of creativity!

Be sure to sign up today with Mad Science STL as spaces are filling up quickly! Check out their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere for more info and to see some amazing photos, projects, and interviews!

Sonic The Hedgehog OUT NOW!

Last weekend St. Louis Dad and family gotten an invite to see Sonic The Hedgehog before it was released to theaters nation wide today. In the simplest of terms, the movie was awesome! As a kid growing up with Sonic on Sega as well as the animated series, this movie brought back that fun and excitement of getting to know this blue devil all over again.

Stepping off on a rocky start with a crazy CGI design, the team behind Sonic took the Internet’s wisdom to heart and brought Sonic to life by making him look like… Sonic. Listening to fans was enough to already get me to the movie and seeing what was in store. This dad was not disappointed, and either was mom and the kids!

The movie is a lot of fun. It is action packed with lots of jokes and of course the incredible Jim Carrey.

Our two kids have even taken to their YouTube Channels to share their delight of how great Sonic was!

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Of course once we got home, Sonic was in the air. Gotta run fast was the quote used for the remainder of the day, and as always snuck into our Valentine’s Day project as well!

Al decided for his first Valentine’s box for school, he was going to make the speedster himself!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Director

Jeff Fowler

Cast

James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Jim Carrey

In Theaters February 14, 2020

Official Channels:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sonicmovie

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sonicmovie

Instagram: www.instagram.com/SonicMovie

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2020 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow!

It’s that time of year again! Time to start counting down until you lift the anchor for boating season to begin!!! What better way to start your countdown than at the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® !

Keep reading for a chance to win a family 4 pack to attend the show for free!!!

Many people that hear about this event think that it may be only about boats, that is far from the truth! Bring down the entire family and spend a day or two or three exploring all that the boat and sportshow has to offer! Play on the pirate ship, teach your kids some awesome fishing skills, indoor kayaking, and so much more. There will be plenty to keep those little eyes excited! Big engines, fast boats, and even get yourself a selfie with one of those yachts that you’ll own one day.

  • New! Career Day, Friday, Jan. 31, where students and job seekers can get career advice and hear about job openings from marine business professionals.
  • New! The Discover Boating Experience – The Hub for Boaters, featuring hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers to help educate and inspire boaters and dreamers alike. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more.
  • New! The Show Me Stage, where attendees can learn from fishing experts during free daily seminars and watch fishing and casting demonstrations.
  • Back by Popular Demand! Paddle Sports Pool, where attendees can get their feet wet checking out demos and testing a new Hobie or Jackson kayak. Seminars and open paddle times will be posted on-site.
  • The Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon, fully stocked fishing demo tank with seminars from pro anglers – a chance to see firsthand how fish react to various rods and bait.
  • Kids Archery Range, presented by The National Wild Turkey Foundation and St. Louis Longbeards, where kids can learn about outdoor safety and practice their archery and marksmanship skills at an archery range and BB gun range.
  • Upper Limits Rock Wall, where adventurous climbers can try their hand at an indoor climbing wall suited for all experience levels.
  • Pirate Island, where kids can climb aboard a pirate ship, sing pirate sea shanties, and skirmish with swords with Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a “high seas adventure.”
  • Willow Creek Trout Pond, where little ones can practice their angling skills for free and reel in live trout.

So grab the family and come on down and see what all the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® has for your family.

And just because I love hooking up my readers with awesome deals use the code BOATGO9 to buy one get one ticket!!!

TICKET GIVEAWAY!!!

Last but not least, how about a family 4 pack of free tickets to the show for one lucky reader!?!?!? Share this post and comment below for a chance to win! I will randomly select a winner Sunday evening (1/26/20)! Once selected you will be contacted with all the info needed to get into the show!

Use the hashtag #STLBoatShow on social media, and feel free to tag @stlboatshow!

Dates/Times:

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2-9 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 31, Noon-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Show Location: America’s Center & The Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101

Tickets: Tickets are $12 for adults, and children under 12 are free.

Top 5 Ways to Teach Kids about Bees

Bees are a valuable part of the ecosystem. Teaching kids about them eliminate their fear of bees and is also a way of conserving and protecting them given their already dwindling population. However, teaching kids is not a walk in the park due to their short attention spans. Here are 5 tips to help you educate kids about bees

1. Show Your Enthusiasm about Bees

Be enthusiastic when talking about bees, and try to share the most intriguing and fascinating facts about them to pique the kid’s interests. Tell them what fascinates you the most about bees and honey; be it the fact that they are the only insects that make food for humans, or that honey doesn’t expire. By being passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, the excitement can rub onto the children and make them eager to learn more about bees.

2. Incorporate Visual Aids When Teaching

Visual aids help kids get a clearer picture of what you are trying to explain. Incorporate photographs, videos, and slides when explaining to them about your subject. For example, you can have pictures of bees festooning, videos of them laying eggs or honey harvesting videos. This way, the kids get a better understanding through observation. While visual aids may help you organize your learning session, be mindful not to use too much of them. They may end up being a distraction rather than enhancing your teaching.

3. Use Tactile Aids

During your teaching session, bring in physical objects for demonstration purposes. These may include bee smokers, beehive model boxes, beekeeping suits, and even honey and honeycombs. Explain to them what they are, and let them touch and even use them after the lesson. Letting the kids interact with these objects during the class may make them lose their concentration. Hence, only allow them access to the objects after you are done teaching.

4. Questions and Games

A great way to engage with the kids and keep them active is by asking them questions and including fun activities like games into their learning sessions. This stimulates their imagination and keeps the learning session lively. You can decide to ask them general questions on bees or encourage them to share their experiences with bees.

Games give kids a break and help them retain what they have learned. Try a game like musical chairs where kids move around buzzing and when the music stops, they try to land on set “flowers”. Educational games like Queenspotting and The Story of Bees are also great ways for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

5. Go for Beehive Tours

Give the kids a real-life experience by taking them to for beehive tours and honey farm visits. These tours are an opportunity to watch bees in their natural setting and also learn about how honey is made. It is important to go for these tours after giving them a presentation on what they will find so that they know what to expect, and also ask informed questions while in the field. Always ensure that the kids are wearing beekeeping suits for protection before visiting the bees to avoid getting stung.

For successful teaching, always have a structure or plan of what you are going to talk about to avoid going off the topic. Since kids can become overly excited, make sure you are in control enough to keep them attentive for better learning. After the session, you can give them a taste of honey to reinforce the benefits of bees and also reward them for being attentive!