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sixscrews
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Great to see Madison's Kid's Museum on the first page!
sixscrews   12/25/2014 1:11:28 PM
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I have enjoyed the current incarnation of the Madision, WI Children's Museum since it opened - my grandsons always want to go there when they come to town and I have wound up spending a fair amount of money sort-of duplicating some of the displays - the robotic stuff, in particular (wish they had something a little more sophistacated than Legos Mindstorms, but that's a minor quibble easily remidied by a grandfather with some $$ to burn...).

Thanks for the write-up, Junko.

ss/wb

dgreigml1
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Re: For those in the UK
dgreigml1   8/8/2014 2:10:08 PM
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Dear Junko,

The Huntarian is worth a look, as is the zoology section (you will need to pre-arrange a pass for that because there are bell jars with the smallest thingy and largest what's it).

The Uni is top rate and the spin off start ups are all interesting.

Even companies such as http://www.clyde-space.com/ (cube sat stuff) and http://www.gassensing.co.uk/ are close by. And http://optos.com/en-gb/ is worth a look – 200 degree retinal imaging and a very large and marked improvement in diagnosis of the retina.

Regards...

dgreigml1
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Re: For those in the UK
dgreigml1   8/8/2014 1:21:15 PM
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In my day, 34 years ago, only about 5% went to Uni.

Straight A's in 4 or 5 subjects required.

Nowadays I would be lost, a half day exam was easy peasy, but the essay and assignment curricula system now in place now would have flummoxed me, given the dummied down assessments.

I started with a year of theoretical physics (tutorials were fun), but then the creative streak clicked in and switched on back to electronics (childhood hobby).

I pity the majority that now seem to go to colleges and uni, and respect those in trades, they make at least as much dosh as an engineer and certainly more than a scientist. Heck I supported myself by working as a steelworks bricky during summer and winter holidays, tax free £746 per week.

I knew an Astrophysics graduate that swept streets, we shared the same the same cottage back then.

Welcome to Scotland, "wish you were lovely, weather is here"!

 Something has to change for survival, obvious, but I ain't the kid on the block that can make that happen.

krisi
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Re: For those in the UK
krisi   8/6/2014 1:29:41 PM
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I think that model makes sense...the government/state needs to encourage education...although the flip side is that if all people get university degrees who will clean up the streets?

dgreigml1
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Re: For those in the UK
dgreigml1   8/6/2014 1:00:52 PM
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Since it is part of Glasgow Uni, which is funded by government, which is funded by taxation, then we all pay for it.

University/college/school courses are also "free" for Scots, as are medications.


The strange thing is that up until around WW1 it was the other way around.

The high standard of education (Finland also) from the 17th to 20th century was due to Church Hall tutorial teaching. Grammer schools were fee paying which would have precluded access  for most.

That education enabled the industrial revolution in Scotland, for example iron and steelmaking and shipbuilding.

Bit of a sorry remnant left nowadays.

Anyhow, back to the lateral mosfet and valve amplifier projects!

 

TonyTib
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TonyTib   8/6/2014 11:44:20 AM
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The 49er's museum at their new palace (AKA Levi's Stadium) will also include a hands-on STEM education area.  At a glance, looks like it's going to be reserved for class field trips at first (and mayber 49er ticket holders?), but the price is right: free.

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Aviation and Space Museums for Kids
KurtShuler   8/5/2014 1:40:18 PM
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Two years ago, my 3-year old son pointed at the prop of a B-24 sitting on the tarmac at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley and said, "Propeller". Then, "wings" as he pointed at them. Then he worked through all the parts: Tail, cockpit and landing gear.

I knew then that he was his father's son!

Here's my favorite aviation and space museums for kids that have not already been mentioned. They are in no particular order.

mateo in spacesuit

I hope this helps you all for your next vacation!

Kurt

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Re: What's your favorite kid-friendly science museum?
anon9303122   8/5/2014 11:52:05 AM
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I grew up in the Boston area so the Museum of Science was always a fun trip. All of my children loved going there as well so I know it isn't just a geek thing (me).Not far from MIT on the Charles "Dirty Water" River. Multiple trips are recommended as there is so much take in.

tb100
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tb100   8/4/2014 8:30:29 PM
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" (especially since kids get tired pretty quickly: my rule is 2-3 hours max, so 2 visits of 3 hours is much better than 1 visit of 6 hours)"

I used to do what my Father did with me, try to drag my kids through the whole museum "we have to go here, we haven't seen this section yet" and my kids were indeed exhausted after a couple of hours. But they weren't exhausted with the museum--they were exhausted with me.

Then I figured out this trick.  I would let them lead the way, and more importantly, stay at any exhibit as long as they wanted. This works at hands on museums like the Exploritorium. I ended up being the frustrated one when I'd enter a large museum, then they'd want to spend one hour playing with the magnets then another hour playing with the beach ball above the air blower. We'd end up spending hours seeing only three things in a museum filled with hundreds of exhibits, and they'd have the time of their lives, but I'd be as frustrated as heck, until I learned to relax and let them have fun.

TonyTib
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Re: Bay Area Museums
TonyTib   8/4/2014 7:09:56 PM
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$7.95 per ticket? That's a bargain!  Of course, I'm in the super-rich, super-expensive Bay Area, but consider this:  if I make 4 trips to the Cal Academy on my pass, I'm still paying more per trip ($50 per visit).

There are some affordable places; for example, Palo Alto has a small museum and zoo (with some smaller animals and a some hands-on stuff) that's based on donations (free, but they recommend a donation -- and I've donated both times I visited).


Around here, the more expensive places tend to have less reciprocity.  For example, with my Oakland Zoo membership, I get half off to the SF Zoo, Happy Hollow Zoo and Park (mini-zoo + kids rides + cool playgrounds), and Aquarium of the Bay, but no discount to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Cal Academy -- or IIRC, the SJ CDM.

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