Sunday, April 03, 2011
This weekend we had one day of perfect weather - Friday was snow, Sunday was rain, but Saturday was glorious. It was perfect for our outing to the UW-Madison Science Expeditions. This annual event happens all over the UW-Madison campus and includes exhibits, museums, shows, displays and interactive activities for kids. As you know A is our science boy, so we had to go!
Both boys had a lot of fun, although A was just in heaven. We rode the trolley from building to building and visited so many great spots on campus...Physics Museum, Microbiology Building, Zoology Museum, and Greenhouse to name a few.
The main exhibit area had over 50 stations. We saw bio luminescent teeny tiny squid, learned how to use micro pipettes and did a few fun projects. Oh yeah. And did I mention robots? There were several robotics and engineering tables with Minstorms, battlebots AND even an autonomous robot. A even got to look inside to see the circuit board, motor and all the good stuff. I know he would have been happy only seeing robots and the physics museum, but it was nice to wander.
The main exhibit area was too many people for us, so we went in for specific tables (robotics!) and then focused on the trolley rides to the other science buildings which were not at all over crowded, and we got to explore and chat with UW students at every location.
We were able to visit areas on campus we didn't even know existed - like the zoology museum and collection. A 'had' to go see it. We toured the collections and saw room after room after room packed with really old specimens...and heard about the flesh eating beetle population housed in the basement of that building.
One tiger we saw was over 100 years old. The boys would not step foot into the large room full of thousands of jars of reptiles and fish (some very old!)...and I was the only one to go in there to look around.
But still, in the end robots won the day. And the boys were only grossed out a few times (ohhhh, the throat and vocal cord exhibit!!!!).