The tech connection

The Tech Museum, San Jose, California, USA

Our family loves exploring the Tech Museum. Every time we visit, there is more to learn from their permanent exhibits and always very interactive, stimulating rotating exhibits. Highlights are the Earthquake Platform which simulates some historic events around the world, taking a seat in the jet pack simulator, the biodesign lab (real science in action!) and the tech studio where we spend hours tinkering and testing. They also have great educational films in the IMAX dome theater.

Experiencing the jet pack simulator at the TECH Museum in San Jose, California

Here are some topics we discussed after our visit to the Tech Museum:

  1. What new technology is most exciting to you?
  2. What kinds of technology do we still need to develop to make our lives better?
  3. Name different kinds of engineers. What does it mean to “engineer” something?

Living under the sea

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, USA

This is an incredible aquarium with so much to see and experience. The Open Sea exhibit is a HUGE tank that allows you to observe sunfish, hammerheads, sea turtles and mahi mahi tuna. There are wonderful touch tanks of intertidal critters with knowledgeable docents to help. The sea otters and penguins are great fun to watch. For the tech-savy, the Mission to the Deep exhibit highlights research with AUVs and ROVs  exploring the Monterey Canyon.

The giant kelp forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Here are some great questions to talk about after exploring the touch pools:

  1. What are some ways that critters survive in the tidal zone with waves crashing over them?
  2. What is the most unique feeding strategy you learned about?
  3. How do different sea creatures use camouflage to help them survive?