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February
2014

Keeping Your Cool in the Kitchen

It’s hard to think about keeping cool this time of year, but a recent article on reducing food waste caught my attention. The Natural Resource Defense Council’s message also included a guide to where food should be stored inside a fridge.  You can find a link at the end of this post. I’d like to add a few tips on keeping a fridge running efficiently. A refrigerator that runs well also helps protect food.
14
February
2014

Field Trip Workshop "At The Park"

On February 13th, Ms. Willis’ preschool classroom from Arlington Park Elementary visited COSI and participated in the Field Trip Workshop, At the Park. During this program, children were able to explore activities that relate to what they may see, notice, or discover when they are outside at the park, at school, or in their neighborhood. Children were able to explore weather including wind and rainfall, construction of playspaces, and colors of nature.  Take a look at children’s explorations below!

Here, children are exploring water: rainfall, splashing, and puddles. What happens when water falls to the ground? Can you make splashes in the water? What does that sound like?
Field Trip Workshop
07
February
2014

Fun in Hops, Slithers, and Crawls

Participating in inquiry learning, toddlers today at our Toddler workshop, Hops, Slithers, and Crawls, were exposed to animals that hop, slither, and crawl. Children and their adult enjoyed a short story and songs, then visited open exploration activity centers.  
Photo from early childhood education workshop.
31
January
2014

Make Rube Goldberg Contraptions With us This Weekend!

Join COSI team in Gadgets Cafe this weekend for some new "design-based learning" activities.  We'll be playing with a plethora of common items (paper towel tubes, string, marbles, plastic cups, rubber bands, etc) to make Rube-Goldberg-style contraptions!!!
Photo of materials getting ready to build Rube Goldberg contraptions.
31
January
2014

Thinking about Climate Change: What can we do about it?

My last few blog posts have focused on climate change vocabulary. In addition to understanding the terminology associated with climate change, it is important to understand the basic mechanism driving the phenomenon so that we can find ways to lessen the damaging impacts.
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