Highlights included the water-balloon-hurling trebuchet:
The building of "sweet structures" (do I even need to tell you that Caroline did her own hair stunts?):
The playing of Medical Jeopardy (Uncle Peter, you'd be so proud of your niece's performance!):
Checking out some algae up close and deciding to add "microscope" to the Birthday Wish List:
Admiring some stuffed birds and a feather collection (remember our current bird study?):
The crowd favorite -- ice cream made with liquid nitrogen!
Walking in paint and plotting stride length on a huge graph:
Blowing freezing bubbles:
And getting behind the wheel of a student-designed car:
We were supposed to meet our friends and traveling companions, the Dixons, but since they couldn't tear themselves away from the liberal-artsy side of campus and we were spellbound by the science and engineering end, the connection never quite happened. Disappointing, but less so when you consider the implications: our children were completely entranced by the experience they were having.
It's easy to see at an event like this that children are naturally inclined to learn. Learning is both their job and their joy. Of the hundreds, maybe even thousands of children I passed or rubbed shoulders with, not one was whining about boredom or casting about for a DS to play with. A little effort to engage them by adults who love their subject material can pay off in evaluations like this:
"When I grow up, I'm going to bring MY kids to Explore UT." -- Eliza
"That place was JUST LIKE A FAIRYLAND." -- Caroline