We recently visited a location right in Southampton PA that I never even knew was there, NASTAR. This is one of the premier air and space training centers. Although we were not able to try out any of the equipment that is used to train people who go into space, such as Richard Branson, it was all well explained. The kids were able to get an idea of what it would be like to have to endure such travel. From ejection seats, to altitude and hypoxia awareness, there are different machines where people can train to endure the effects of flight travel. They offer camps for kids which would include a more hands on experience.
Please check out the website and contact the PA location for further information : http://www.nastarcenter.com
We were also beyond fortunate to have a workshop on one of the most beautiful November days at The Grounds for Sculpture in NJ. The kids were invited to create a kinetic sculpture during the one hour class and at the end they were invited to present their works and explain what they came up with. A creative process that also involved a little science.
The rest of the day was spent meandering around the grounds to appreciate and take in all the amazing artwork that is both hidden, tucked away in the bamboo as well as out in the open not to be missed.
We rounded out the week with helping fill the shelves of a local food pantry in Bucks County PA. They are always appreciative of people who can spare their time to volunteer, as well as donate food to the pantry. It helps many families in the area. I wanted to give a huge shout out to the kids and Moms that helped out .