Science is fun!

dalek 1 A recent stint with my kids quickly turned from a foray into creative and practical science to one of industrial history and science fiction. The Bendigo Discovery Science Centre is a great hands on introduction for kids (and adults) into the fields of practical science. The whole facility is designed to provoke thought in a fun and physically engaging environment.

Unknowingly, the kids learn about basic principles such as:

  • Optics (e.g. bending light, refraction, perspective)
  • Sound (e.g. delays, frequency / tone)
  • Magnetics
  • Forces (e.g. gravity, centrifugal)
  • Space (e.g. solar system, stars)
  • Aerodynamics

All of these adventures into science, with kids abounding around me, we all squealed with the joy of discovery. My personal favorite is the 3 story vertical drop slide were you learn the not so gentle art of working with gravity during a 2 story free-fall before rolling out in a nice parabolic slide that completes the vector transformation from all vertical to all horizontal energy.

With all the creative energy abuzz, I turned my photographic eye to the interior of the building. It was once a maintenance shed for steam trains and dates back to the 1880~1890s.

One thing that everyone agreed with on the day out, science does not need to be dull but should be filled with fantastic interaction. In those 3~4 hours, I think my kids probably learned a years worth of class room, sanitary and sterile, class room science.

Do you find you learn from hands on or text books / instruction?

Most schools today will teach from books out of fear grown from crazy parents whom sue every time ‘Johnny’ (not his real name *blogger chuckles to self*) skins his knee.

Please, if you read this, take a stand for practical education and tell the ‘Johnny parents’ of the world to do two thing;

  1. Stop screwing up the world for everybody else and their kids
  2. If they are going to sue, then don’t do the fun activities the rest of us want our kids to experience (basically – bugger off!)
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Entry to the planetarium is via a TARDIS – how fitting. This pic is of the blogger, Shayne, with one of the kids having a Dr Who moment.

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An old door from within the facility, dating back to 1890 and possibly about 120 years old.

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One of the wheels, close up, from the old doors.

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