Happy weekend! I spent yesterday at the Science on the Street event held by the STEM Network at the Cape Cod Community College. What a fun day! Hundreds of families came through and I have to say it was very satisfying and encouraging to see so many young people, boys and girls alike, really enthused about science.Many organizations were there, each with a project that the kids could really get into physically as well as mentally. At our table for the Cape Cod Maritime Museum we had a buoyancy experiment and then we made our own tiny boats to see if they would float. We added different weights to them and some sank, as might be expected. No fear in these kids, though. They just made a better, stronger boat. My assistant had fun teaching the kids how to make an origami boat, an interesting challenge that involves geometry.
In other news, my Nature’s Ways earned a Top Story spot online on Wicked Local this week. Here’s a link to check it out
My Weekly Nature Watch column can be accessed here–and there’s a portrait of Arlo as a bonus
This happened to be one of my three column weeks as my Neighborhood Nature column appeared in the Barnstable Patriot. People ask me all the time if I write the same column for all three and the answer is….of course not!
As I write this the wind is blowing and snow is supposed to stop by for what is hopefully its last visit this season.
Tomorrow? SPRING!!!! Woohooooooo!
For those that don’t have regular access to my columns, here are the links to this week’s offerings. You might have to sign in but they won’t harass you.
Here’s my Weekly Nature Watch column from the Falmouth Enterprise. It’s also in the Bourne, Mashpee and Sandwich Enterprise.
From the Cape Codder and The Register here is my Nature’s Ways column
It took a while, years in some cases, but now my columns are all online!
Here’s my most recent Weekly Nature Watch column….
My most recent Nature’s Ways column….
And my monthly Neighborhood Nature column….
Happy reading and enjoy this wonderful weather as we say farewell to summer.
This post was originally published in the Cape Codder on August 10, 2012 as my column, Nature’s Ways. It has been a popular column so I am reprinting it here for readers who do not get the Cape Codder (since it is not available online)
Gather any group of folks of a certain age and at some point in the conversation the point will be made that when we were young our parents sent us out for the day and told us to come home when the street lights came on. Some had a bell to listen for, some had a lesson to be home for but mostly, we ran pretty freely through our neighborhoods, the woods, the fields and around the ponds. It doesn’t take long for these same groups to lament the lack of freedom today’s kids have accompanied by a lot of head shaking and making of concerned faces but no solutions are really offered. Everyone just agrees that the world has changed, alas….. Continue reading