Saturday, March 13, 2010

What a day!

Today the COMPASS Natural Science Scholar LLC had a wonderful time at Discovery World.

Though it seemed many of the exhibits had quite a few "out of order" features that would have been cool, everyone found some cool stuff that applied to their majors.

Mike (chem major) :
-Rocks that glowed because of their chemical formuls
-an exhibit that explained how a nuclear reactor works
-a display of electron transfer compliments of a Van Degraaf machine

Matt (bio major) :
-an exhibit that displayed the entire water cycle
- assorted marine life in the Reiman Aquarium
-an exhibit that showed how microbacteria can be used to eat impurities in water

Dylan (GeoSci major) :
-an exhibit that rates coal in comparison to other forms of energy
-many fossils of assorted flora/fauna
-an interactive geological map of WI

I even found things that related to my GeoSci class!
-Bryozoa, cool creatures that live in reefs
-Cniderians, jellyfish/corals
-and stromatolites, the first non microscopic fossil to appear in the fossil record

Matt and Mike play with the big metal leafy things out front. This was nearly impossible with the hurricane force winds we felt along the lake front.
Mike, Mason, and Dylan were fascinated by the jellyfish changing colors as some employee was feeding them.
See horse.
Mason, Dylan, and I are hot, as displayed by this heat vision image...
Everyone made me go touch the Van Degraaf machine because they knew it would be hilarious. They were right.
Mason survived laying on a bed of nails.
Matt attempts to make a call in the Les Paul sound exhibit. He did not succeed, for this phone wasn't hooked up to anything.
They had these pipes that made noise when hit with a rubber mallet. Dylan, being a music whiz, started playing recognizable tunes, somehow.
Mason and Dylan fighting force at a hydraulic exhibit.

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