Friday, July 20, 2012

Knight at the Museum

Field trip part three! Today we went to the Franklin Institute museum.  Our buses didn't leave until 9:30, so I got to sleep in a little longer, and I felt very rested when we boarded the bus.  It took about 10 minutes to get to the museum, and our buses joined a long line of school buses in front of the stairs.  Today was, apparently, a very popular day for every kid summer camp or school group in the greater Philadelphia area. It was crowded.

We started out as a big group at the Foucault Pendulum, which was used to prove that the Earth rotates.  From there, Bill set us free to roam around the 4 story museum.  I explored with Mariko, Alysa, and Jessica.  We attempted to start at the top and work our way down, but due to the confusing elevator system in the museum, we ended up going back and forth through all the floors.

At noon, we got lunch in the museum cafeteria, and then we had about 3 more hours to explore.  We had seen most of the museum before lunch, so we walked around a little more and then relaxed and talked until it was time to go. I really enjoyed the museum.  My favorite part was Isaac Newton's Loft, a hands-on room demonstrating many of the laws of physics.  Our class is built on hands-on experiences, so it was awesome to continue that on our field trip.

When we got back, I went straight to the office to sign up for laser tag, and I was very happy to see a package from Teddy and his family.  The cookies and drawing inside made my day.  We went for an early dinner and came back to check-in for movie night.  I, like most everyone else in the program, went to see The Dark Knight Rises, a movie I have anticipated since the end of The Dark Knight.  It was absolutely and completely awesome, especially because our cohort got seats together.  

So excited for Batman!!!
Tomorrow we get to sleep in, and then go to a Giants vs. Phillies game with Mr. Lawrence.  It should be a fun way to spend our last full weekend in Philadelphia.

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