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Saturday, April 20, 2013

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - An Amazing Science Site

An Amazing Science Site
This is one of those examples of a place that didn't quite work out the way I had planned, but my 3 men insist we count it anyway.

In DC I really wanted to take the boys to the National Academy of Sciences which apparently has a little museum inside and you can see scientists at work (one description made it sound like a zoo - "scientists in their native habitat".)  And, the Einstein monument was listed as a "hidden gem" not to be missed.

We decided to walk to it from the Smithsonian buildings, not looking that far on the GPS on my phone.  David rather politely questioned by sanity because it was drizzling raining and he was cold.

Seriously, I really did feel like it was more of a fine mist when we set out.

Good sport

While wet, the walk was beautiful!
 We're still across the street but the sign lets us know we've finally made it to the National Academy of Sciences.

It's a beautiful stone building.  See the man at the front door?  He's LOCKING up!  We just missed being able to step inside.

We tried to decipher some of the Greek right at the top of the beautiful building.

Thomas flipped for this door.
And while we didn't get to step inside, I'm so glad we hiked in the pouring rain fine mist, because I love this photo of 4 geniuses!

While we didn't get to tour THIS Amazing Science Site, the boys pointed out these other locations that we have visited and felt they more than counted - Science and Technology Museum in Chicago, the Air & Space Museum in DC, countless Wind Farms in Indiana, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, the Insectarium in New Orleans, the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, the Rocket Center in Huntsville, and the Medical Museum in Indy.  OK, fine.  Let's put a sticker on this page and call it done.

From the Book:
#94 - An Amazing Science Site
If science were sports, the scientists who work in these labs would be the major league players.  We would follow their every move as they researched subatomic particles, and go nuts when they knocked one out of the park with a really great advancement in physics.  In reality, these science superstars achieve great feats without much cheering and not a single endorsement from an athletic shoe company.  But that doesn't make what they do, such as develop new sources of energy, map the human genome, and basically unlock the secrets of the universe, any less amazing.  Because what scientists do is so sensitive (and in some cases top secret), you can't just walk in and ask to look around.  But you can prearrange a tour (often with a school group) or attend an open house - it's like getting a ticket to the world series of science.

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