I’ve been solo parenting for the last three weeks, and I’ve been thinking of ways to encourage Piano Man and Linus to enjoy the art of learning. That’s when I saw a poster at Piano Man’s school. Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was hosting a Super Science Saturday event in honor of the U.N.’s focus on the International Year of Light.
GVSU offered plenty of activities for kids from science experiments to flourescent rock displays. A local Michigan artist even putting on a laser light show. The flyer said that it was free (one of my favorite words) and open to the public for all ages.
Armed with my iPhone and Canon, we trekked to a large campus for some walking and learning fun. Now for those of you with two young children, I think I’ve come to quickly realize that my DSLR is no use to me when I am caring for a little one. My handy dandy iPhone turned out to be a girl’s best friend in those quick snapshot photo moments. You’ll have to excuse my poor image quality as I navigated between motherhood and photographer on this shoot.
It took less than 30 minutes to walk around the display tables on the main level. But upon further reading, GVSU offered several talks and sessions, which was geared for kids and adults. Some friends attended the session on solar systems, while we attended the science behind light. Cool stuff.
We ended our time at the laser light show. The anticipation was too much for Linus. After a 30 minute talk (a bit too long IMO), the light show began. Piano Man was glued to the edge of his seat listening to every word. At the end of the show, he wanted to join a laser club! That brought joy to my heart because that’s when you see a child absorb knowledge and wanting to pursue an interest. That’s the power of knowledge, folks. As no photography was allowed during the show (for health and safety reasons), here are photos before the show. Too bad Linus fell asleep in the middle of the talk and missed the big finale!
Find an IYL Event Program in Your Area
I’m so glad GVSU hosted this event in conjunction with the International Year of Light (IYL2015). Watching my boys enjoy science and learning was worth the visit! If you’re looking for a similar event in your hometown, check out The International Year of Light website, and you can find a global listing of events. Make sure to filter your search to the country you reside in (see left tab on their site). Or if you’re planning to make a visit somewhere, go to that country list and see what events are available.
From my hometown to yours,