Rainforest Adventure in Western MA

Rainforest Adventure in Western MA
Springfield Museums: Jan 25-May 11, 2014

Rainforest Adventure is a multi-sensory exploration of one of our planet’s most precious resources. Through a variety of interactive experiences and hands on displays, visitors will learn about the amazing diversity of life in rainforests and the many challenges they face today. Using vests, flashlights, and binoculars provided, young visitors can explore a gorilla nest, climb a kapok tree, and identify endangered species they find along the way. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Rainforest Adventure is that it is designed for both children and adults, allowing families to share in the enjoyment of learning together.

Craving an outdoor adventure that doesn’t involve icicles, snow banks, and layers of cold weather gear? If you can’t flee to a warmer corner of the globe anytime soon, enjoy an indoor version of such an adventure at the Springfield Museums! From January 25th through May 11th, 2014, the museums will be home to an exciting new exhibit – Rainforest Adventure.

True to its name, the exhibit brings real excitement to the museums and offers families a rainforest adventure without the travel. While exploring a gorilla nest or climbing a kapok tree, families will be able to learn about the amazing species diversity found in our planet’s rainforest and will work to identify endangered rainforest species. Backpacks, flashlights, and special adventure vests will be provided for intrepid explorers to use while adventuring on a multisensory expedition through the exhibit, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the experience and the useful information gained by visiting… Read the rest of this entry »

DIY: Social Platform for Kids Aims to Build Confidence in Creativity

Do-It-Yourself!

DIY is a free online community where young people become Makers. They discover new Skills, make projects in the real world, and share their work online to inspire and learn from each other.

Kids of all ages love to explore and be creative – everything from duct tape to cardboard boxes can inspire creativity and the desire to develop and hone new skills. By experimenting with materials, kids can learn new artistic techniques, practice designing and problem solving, and learn STEM skills that will stick with them.

California-based website, DIY, provides a social platform upon which kids can share their work and ingenuity with others! The DIY site is filled with hundreds of unique and interesting projects that kids of all ages have completed at home – they’ve made everything from miniature lithograph machines to time lapse videos, pocket amplifiers to new knitting patterns!

DIY provides a space to share work, and can be used as a database, too – kids interested in learning new skills on their own can find directions and tutorials for learning everything from basic baking to metal soldering.  Read the rest of this entry »

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