We had so much fun with the awesome students and staff in Sidney this week. From the very first day, when Mrs. Nobles helped us unload our Brain exhibit into the High School multi-purpose room, everyone in Sidney was warm, helpful, and enthusiastic. Monday we got to hang out with the 5th and 6th graders, along with some great high school students. We saw the high school’s Anatomy & Physiology classes, a Psychology class (who were sculpting their own brains in class!), and lots of other science classes joined in as we learned about the brain. We worked with 550 students through field trips over our two day visit.
Family Science Night was a blast, with about 100 kids of all ages, as well as some very excited parents and teachers. They checked out our amazing flies, felt the brains and eye balls, and shot some hoops with the crazy goggles on. The teachers even had some cool ideas for new traveling exhibits. Thank you to the teachers, students, and families of Sidney, for having us to your community. And a big thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for sponsoring this tour stop.
Tuesday we spent all day with different classes of 7th graders, as well as some more high school science classes. We also met some middle schoolers in the science fair class who told us about their amazing experiments and showed off their knowledge of the brain. It’s always so fun to see students of different ages interacting and learning from each other and the exhibit. Overall, we reached 642 students. Sidney was a great final stop on our tour, and we can’t wait to see them next time. Thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Big Sky Project for powering this tour stop.
Rachael and I had a blast meeting so many kids in Wolf Point. We spent two days there with our Circus of Science Brain exhibit. Kids from the elementary, middle, and high school played the brain games and watched dissections. We even had some preschool classes. In one day we got to meet over 400 kids and family members between school classes and Family Science Night! It was amazing to see how enthusiastic everyone was and the kids listened well and asked great questions about how the brain and eyeball function.
We had a great host, principal Ms. Hanks, who put us up in her house and made us feel so welcome. Everyone at the school was excited to bring their students to check out the exhibit. We even got to work with the health classes and talk about things like brain damage and why helmet use is so important.
The kids and staff were amazing and we got some great feedback about the exhibit from the teachers and students. One science teacher, Ms. Romo, had the students record one thing they learned from the exhibit as their exit ticket and then we read it. Ms. McGill’s 8th grade classes wrote thank you cards about the exhibit. It was a treat to be able to read these and find out what the kids enjoyed the most. In total, we reached 50 community members at Family Science Nights and an astonishing 609 students. Thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Big Sky Project for powering this tour stop.
Unfortunately, we were enjoying ourselves so much, it was suddenly once again time to move on to a new school. The Fort Peck reservation was beautiful and we were treated to an amazing sunrise while leaving town for our next stop in Sidney.
After Lodge Grass, Rachael and I hit the road for Circle, MT. Over the two days that we spent at Redwater School we were made to feel so at home. We got to hang out with kids of all ages as we showed off how cool the brain is. Our brain exhibit was a big hit, with dissections, brain games and our Visual Rebound basketball hoop.
At our first stop in Lodge Grass we featured our Motion exhibit, but from here on out we will be playing with the Brain exhibit. In the Brain exhibit, we learn all about what the different lobes of the brain do, how adaptable our brain is, and how our brain can get messed up. We talk about the senses and how we get dizzy, and even look at flies with glowing brains. We love this exhibit because it teaches you about yourself.
The principal, Mr. Widhalm, was enthusiastic and friendly. He and the rest of the staff were great about promoting Family Science Night. It was fun to be able to meet so many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends and we were more than a little sad to leave. In Circle, we reached 146 students and 109 members of the community at Family Science Night. The Wildcats were awesome scientists and Rachael and I hope to visit again soon. Thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Big Sky Project for powering this tour stop.