We loved the imagery and education provided in this film. Nature is very unexpected and often ‘spur of the moment’ so we were all completely blown away by the images that the creators caught on film. It left us wondering, how they were able to be at the right place at the right time for filming.
From the spotted salamanders emerging from their burrows in the spring and making their long dangerous journey to the streams, to the (literally) free-falling wood ducklings, this movie will leave you and your children well educated, excited and entertained. My four year old and her friend could not hide their excitement or laughter during many parts of this movie.
This movie is for ALL AGES. We all walked away with a new found appreciation for the wildlife that surrounds us. Your whole family will be more curious and observant of your own backyards, neighborhoods and surrounding park systems over the next four seasons.
Last week, I shared some of my top favorite STEM Education Museums and Centers across Ohio. Here’s what I shared on my Facebook and Instagram accounts in case you missed it!
National Museum of the United States Air Force: Located just outside of Dayton, Ohio.
The museum is located just outside Dayton, Ohio at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This museum has the oldest and largest military aviation collections in the world. It’s pretty incredible. I personally loved being able to view the World War II collection to see the types of planes that my Grandfather flew in during the war. I also loved seeing some of the former Air Force One planes. Very unique and incredible collection. And it’s FREE admission!!!! Go check it out!
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal: Located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
The museum is located in downtown Cincinnati and is a one stop for everything science, history and architecture. It just completed an entire remodel last Fall. This is truly one of my favorite buildings in Ohio.
Inside you will find the newly renovated and designed Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati History Museum, the newly opened Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, the Omnimax theater and the Holocaust and Humanity Center and the local children’s museum, not to mention numerous special exhibits throughout the year.
The art deco design of the building itself is a wonder in itself that’s worth exploring. If you haven’t been there, it’s time to make a trip and check it out. While you’re in Cincinnati, taste some local favorites like Graeters ice cream located inside the museum! If you make it there during Christmas time, check out the incredible train display!
COSI: Located in Columbus, Ohio
The museum is located in Columbus, Ohio. It is likely if you’ve been to Columbus, you’ve been there too. It is very well known throughout the state.
They have wonderful science demonstrations and incredible changing exhibits that are mostly designed in house at the museum. We personally love the little kidspace (pictured). My kids have spent over two hours here. It’s a great one tank trip from Cleveland and Cincinnati. If you’ve been there, what are some of your favorite memories?
Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Located in Cleveland, Ohio
I love the Wildlife Center and Woods Garden at this museum. In this area, you can view 5 diverse ecosystems found in Ohio, along with the animals that are found there. Each animal was found as part of rescue and rehabilitation efforts and none of them are able to be released back into the wild so they call the museum habitats their home. Along the paths you’ll find surprising built in play areas for kids to explore.
We also love the Planetarium and Observatory. They offer wonderful and educational kids shows on space and the cosmos.
Inside the museum some of our favorites are the Earth quake demo and the gems collections as well as, Balto. If you haven’t been there, consider checking it out the next time you are in Cleveland.
The Great Lakes Science Center: Located in Cleveland, Ohio.
It’s one of my favorite Cleveland, Ohio museums and it is located right on Lake Erie.
They offer the BEST STEM Education programs and exhibits that I’ve found in this area. My space loving 4 year old loves the Nasa Glenn visitor center. We also love the entire second floor with tons of fun experiments for kids and adults alike, as well as the children’s area.
Their exhibits are top notch! We’ve seen Trains, Grossology and now Vroom! We walked away with a wealth of knowledge everytime.
We always find great quality experiments and learning opportunities like the one above that we saw recently to explain matter.
The Cleveland community is fortunate to have such a wonderful resource in this area. Check them out on your next trip to Cleveland. You won’t leave disappointed, but likely a bit more curious!
What are you waiting for? Go check them out! Where should I go next?
The Great Lakes Science Center did it again – they created another outstanding, fun and educational exhibit for kids and adults alike to explain how automobiles are designed, manufactured and serviced. VROOM! A Car Adventure is excellent!
As we entered the ginormous space, my kids first ran towards the tall multi-track called Physics Playground. Children (and adults – yes, of course I had to try it out too) can race cars down several tracks with loops, turns and jumps! It’s very exciting and fast paced fun and entertainment like I’ve never seen before.
The second place my kids explored and LOVED was the Automotive Care Center where they could work on ‘Mom and Dad’s Car’. My daughter was wearing a long dress, but that didn’t stop her from diving in to work on the tires, muffler or re-fill the fluids. My youngest explored the fun tire holes surrounding this exhibit.
Other fun areas included Tots Garage and the Aerodynamics wall. There are two areas for designing and racing your own vehicle – one designed for toddlers called Tots Garage and another area with wooden pieces and tires for bigger kids and adults. At the aerodynamics wall, my children could visually see how air flows around various shaped objects. My oldest found it interesting that vehicle designers evaluate the aerodynamics of vehicles for fuel efficiency (so they don’t need as much gas).
You can also test your skills and speed against an arm robot, named Lenny, which is a duplicate used in the automotive factories. My children laughed so hard at the celebratory dance after each time the robot won!
The area that I personally enjoyed the most was The Future of Car Tech section. This area had an example of airless tires and the LiDar sensor that is used to help self-driving cars navigate.
This exhibit helps visualize many aspects of car design and servicing. We easily spent 3 hours exploring this space and we could have spent even more time. It is designed for all ages of children and adults. There is so much more to this exhibit that I didn’t add to this post.
We left the exhibit with plenty of knowledge on vehicle design, technology and functionality. I wished that there would have been more on vehicle manufacturing. There’s scores of science and engineering at vehicle manufacturing and assembly plants – i.e. the science behind paint color and appearance alone is a whole science in itself. However, this exhibit did not disappoint us at all and we will recommend it to everyone that we know!
The most impressive part for me about this exhibit was that it was built in house by the Great Lakes Science Center – it is truly one of a kind. We loved it.
Vroom over to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland Ohio and go check it out for yourself!!!
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Also, be sure to measure the size of your Easter basket and compare it to the items listed below to ensure proper fit. All items would fit in a large size Easter basket.
With Easter (and probably many birthday parties) quickly approaching, you might be left wondering, what to get for your kids. Here’s a list to help those looking for S.T.E.A.M. themed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) gifts that could fit inside of an Easter basket.
Memberships to Local Museums, Centers and Parks: My kids love going to the local Zoo, Science Center, History Museum, MetroParks, Aquarium, etc. These would be perfect gifts to explore and appreciate S.T.E.A.M. Membership cards or registration forms fit perfectly inside an Easter basket.
(Disclaimer: I have not personally reviewed all of the subscriptions above but I have researched the reviews of others, so please be sure to complete your own research before purchase to ensure they are appropriate for your child. My children have personally enjoyed Highlights and National Geographic.)
Bee-Bot (AA Battery Powered with Batteries Included) – Bee-Bot’s are robot’s designed to introduce the concepts of coding and problem solving to young children. Children use the arrows to code the robot to move and turn, then press GO and they watch it move. Children and adults can set up obstacle courses and allow kids to determine how to code the Bee-Bot. We do not have one of these at home, but we’ve played with them at our local science center and love them. A similar toy that we have at home is the Code-a-Pillar.
Play-Doh Party Bag Dough, 15 Count (Assorted Colors) – Play-Doh is a great tactile toy that allows for endless hours of exploration, design and creativity. I picked this party pack because the size of the play-doh containers are definitely small enough to fit into an Easter basket.
Summer Gardening Tools– What is better in Spring time than getting outside and working in the garden. My children LOVE working in our garden. They love digging for worms and planting seeds and plants. Gardening is an excellent way to teach your children and immerse them in nature.
Last evening (November 1, 2018), my daughter and I were privileged to be invited as VIP guests to view the premiere of Great Barrier Reef at the DOME theater at the GLSC located in Cleveland, Ohio.
When we arrived, we were greeted so kindly and felt like movie stars as we walked the red carpettogether and posed for photos. This was especially fun for my 3 year old daughter. She had been talking about going to the science center all day long. She loves this place!
We walked upstairs and we were greeted by more amazingly kind and excited staff from the science center where they had popcorn and refreshments available. (How did they know that my daughters favorite snack of all-time is POPCORN? Haha! She happily polished off 3 bags of it that night.)
We learned about the importance of water pH for the health of various fish and how researchers can test pH. Did you know that those annoying midges that we get every year in Cleveland actually mean that Lake Erie is well balanced and healthy? I didn’t!
They had a brief presentation prior to the premiere by GLSC President and CEO, Kirsten Ellenbogen and a trivia game about the Great Barrier Reef. Ms. Ellenbogen shared some VERY exciting changes coming to the GLSC very soon. More on those at the end of this post. I want to first share information about the movie itself! Great Barrier Reef Movie:
The images in this film, especially of the Great Barrier Reef underwater, are absolutely stunning and the movie is impressive! The movie follows Jemma Craig, an underwater photographer, reef native and founder of Islandjems Imagery, on an expedition to learn and document the work being done by various volunteers, researchers and scientists to save the reef and keep it healthy.
The storyline was relatively easy for my 3 year oldto follow and understand. She was especially excited and interested about the work that was done to save a turtle from the reef at the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Center. After the movie, she surprised me with her take away – don’t throw trash in the ocean or it will hurt the sea animals!
We also learned about how the reef changes at night, how the reef is changing with climate change and the incredible cutting edge research being done by scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Life to save the reef. This is a really great, informative and inspirational family-friendly film. More from the GLSC: 2:1 Grant for Renovations:
Kirsten Ellenbogen (pictured above), CEO and President of the GLSC, shared some very exciting news last night. The GLSC received a 2:1 Challenge Grant from their anonymous donor.
The funds will be used to update the Second Floor Science Phenomena area. This area of the museum has ranked as one of the top favorites by visitors. The improvements will allow for bigger exhibits, more hands on features and some new areas. These new areas will be prototyped by guests over the next six months. So if you visit, you might be pulled aside to check out the new areas!
The GLSC has been challenged to raise $250,000 in donations by December 31, 2018. The donor will make a $2 donation for every $1 raised (i.e. gift of $30 gives $90 and $2000 becomes $6000). For more information on how to donate to this incredible grant, call 216-696-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Science Academy:
In addition, the GLSC had launched the Great Science Academy, which is an immersive program for children in grades 6-9. Kids gather twice a month on Saturdays to explore STEM careers in a fun, creative environment. The topics for each grade are as follows: grade 6 is Sustainability, grade 7 is Mars and Space, grade 8 is Biomechanics and grade 9 is Entrepreneurship.
If you are interested in learning more or sending your children to the Great Science Academy, check out the website link above and contact them directly. They are also always looking for professional volunteers to help with the Great Science Academy. If you are interested, they would love for you to contact them directly! Check out the Movie!!
Check out Grossology while you are there too! Grossology lasts until January and then will be replaced by an exhibit designed by the GLSC on automobiles!
I want to thank the Great Lakes Science Center for allowing me and my daughter the opportunity to attend the premiere of Great Barrier Reef. We had so much fun and learned so many new facts about the reef and marine life. It was exciting for me, as a parent, to see my daughters excitement over this movie and listening to her talk about what she learned afterwards. I learned some really amazing facts too. It made me want to visit Australia!
DISCLAIMER: My daughter and I received exclusive access to the GLSC VIP event for the premiere of the Great Barrier Reef movie at the GLSC. In exchange, I was asked to promote the launch of this movie on my social media platform and blog. I am also a member of the GLSC. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
Anyone passing through Cleveland, Ohio from now until January 6, 2019 needs to check this out. This exhibit is included in general admission price! So you can check out the rest of the museum and the exhibit for one price! And members can get in FREE.
My husband and I took the two girls the day after it opened on October 13. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Our whole family loved it – it’s an exhibit for all ages.
When we first walked inside the exhibit, we learned about allergies and colds from a really charming animatronic named Nigel-Nose-It-All. The girls loved pushing the buttons and listening to him explain various reasons why their noses run and why. The highlight for them was watching the ginormous snot ball fall from his faucet nose.
Next there was a huge wall of skin to climb. Kids could climb up the wall by holding onto and stepping on pimples, warts, moles, hair, etc. My daughter said that it was “too gross to play on that”, so we moved on! Haha! I would definitely say THAT was a complement to the exhibit creators!
We explored the inside of the nose, sounds of the human body, climbed through the digestive system, learned why we vomit, removed waste from a kidney, and we even played on a giant game of “Operation”!
My one year old’s favorite was exploring the science behind tooting at the “Toot Toot” station. She learned about it with the air running through rubber tubing and using her fingers to release the air. Apparently, the sound of a toot is very dependent on the shape of your anus! Who knew? Haha!
My 3 year old was able to play her first pinball machine while learning about which foods create more gas in her body. The more gassy the food that the pinball hit, the higher her score climbed!
My 3 year old was also intrigued by burp man! She was able to pump pop into his stomach to build up pressure and then listen to him release the burp.
This exhibit will be open over the holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Ohio teachers receive FREE admission. For more information on admission and discounts available, please see the GLSC Admissions page.
Check out the rest of the museum while you are there too!
We have a membership to the Great Lakes Science Center and attended out of our own interest. This post was not a request from the Great Lakes Science Center and I received no compensation for this post.
I attended the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) STEM Educators Resource Fair in Cleveland, Ohio. This event was completely FREE to formal and informal educators. The premise of this event was to showcase to educators everything that the GLSC has to offer including field trips, educational movies in the Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater, examples of their hands-on workshops and additional events that they host for schools. Many of their STEM partners were also in attendance at the event.
I am not a formal educator, I am (and most of my readers) are informal educators of children – particularly young children. So my participation in this event was from a parent’s perspective – an informal educator – attempting to gather STEM ideas to incorporate for my children and also to gain further insight into more STEM resources available.
One of the workshops for PreK to Kindergarten really struck me as a project that could easily be adopted at home. This workshop focused on the story of The Three Little Pigs. If you google search, you will find many different videos, blogs and worksheets recommending how to carry out these activities in a classroom setting.
Your child would transform into the pigs from the story and build each of the houses to try to withstand the big, bad wolf (which could be a hair dryer) from materials you provide. As you recall in the story, the first pig built his house out of straw, the second pig out of sticks and the third out of bricks. The straw and sticks I feel are pretty self explanatory and easy to find. They used Legos as their “bricks”. You could even get creative and find these items on a nature hunt – straw (or grass), sticks, and stones. The activity teaches problem solving, provides a basic introduction to material properties and could also be used to work on comprehension. I could also see this taken further for older children to incorporate cost of materials.
The idea of connecting engineering concepts to a children’s book is pretty brilliant to me. My toddler would LOVE this! This unlocked a new realm of creativity. In the future, when I’m reading books to my children, the creativity wheels will be turning.
I did feel that this event would be very beneficial for new educators or educators that are not familiar with the additional STEM resources in the area. There are some really great hands-on workshops that the GLSC offers to educational groups! I am grateful to the GLSC for allowing me to participate in this event as an informal educator. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and informative.
If you are an educator who would like more information on the opportunities at the Great Lakes Science Center, you can find more information under the Educators tab on their website!
The information provided above about the event was based on my experience and understanding. I have no direct relationship with the GLSC other than I have a membership. For more information, please visit the GLSC website. I won an Inventionland Inventors Kit through a random drawing. I gifted this kit to my child’s school for educational purposes.