Today, our group took a trip to Galveston to visit the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Lab. If you’ve never been before, this is a really cool place to visit!
NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries works to recover protected marine species while allowing economic and recreational opportunities. Their sea turtle lab is part of a conservation/research and development project to create turtle-safe fishing nets. The facility in Galveston hosts a class to help educate the public about sea turtles, and offers a tour of the lab where the turtles are housed for two years as they grow, to be released back in the location they were taken from.
Today, we hosted an ‘egg drop’ contest! Everyone brought all kinds of things from home to build a capsule capable of protecting an egg from a 10′ drop. We had so many neat ideas! From a cradle of straws, to a fully-insulated cup; foam, paper, fabric and everything in between. If you’re looking for a neat science-focused activity, this one was a winner!
Every spring, the Symphony of Southeast Texas hosts a Youth Concert for students. This year, the SOST partnered with Magic Circle Mime Co. to create a unique program featuring the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mime musicians Maggie & Doug sneak into the theater to perform, only to be joined by the symphony, and finally Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, who invites Maggie to become Mozart for the concert. Lamar musicians Catelyn Gentry and Eric Gonzales joined Maggie and Doug and the symphony to perform as well.
If you have the opportunity to see Magic Circle Mime Co., and the Mozart Experience, please do! We had a great time, and look forward to future performances.
This year, we started an art-focused class, held every 6 weeks, based on the book Discovering Great Artists by Kohl and Solga. This was our first class, and we had an awesome turnout! The kids brought their completed self-portraits, and after the lesson on Picasso’s life and style, the kids (and a couple of the moms) cut the pictures apart and re-assembled them, Picasso-style. After embellishing them with other craft supplies, we called them masterpieces.
Our next lesson will be on Toulouse-Lautrec, and impressionism. If you’re interested in joining us, check out our Facebook group and plan on joining us at our next Park Day!
This month’s public speaking assembly was great! There’s always a bit of a dip in participation during the holidays, but a few of our students still had their noses to the grindstone even with Christmas cheer in the air.
One of the cool things about out public speaking assembly is the range of materials that the students choose to present. From personal pieces, to historical reports, literary selections and poetry, over the course of this year’s classes, we’ve covered a huge range of subject matter.
We host our public speaking assembly every 6 weeks, and it’s open to students of all ages. If you’re interested in joining us, check us out on Facebook!
This week, we took a trip to Galveston to check out the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum. The Ocean Star is a retired platform oil rig that’s been turned into a museum. It’s pretty nifty, and the closest most of us will ever get to being on a real oil rig! Our guide took us through all of the museum areas, including displays of life-sized drill bits, interactive models, and scale models to show exactly how small the platforms are when anchored out in the ocean. We learned about seismology, geology, also got to see how the oil rigs are built and transported to their final locations, and how oil is found, pumped and moved from the holding tanks on the rigs back to land. As expected, there was considerable time spent discussing the ecological impact of oil drilling and manufacture, and how the oil companies contribute to the ecological health of an area.
After the tour, the kids got to do an engineering project. They used everyday materials to try to put together a structure that could hold weight without collapsing – and found that it was harder than it sounded!
It was a great experience, and we look forward to going back! If you’re too far away to visit in person, check out their website under the ‘museum’ tab for a virtual tour.
We are so glad to have you joining us! If you’re new to the area, or to homeschooling, or just looking for an active group, then you’ve come to the right place. Triangle Homeschoolers is a homeschooling support group for parents in the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange) and surrounding areas who are, or are interested in, homeschooling/unschooling their children. We try to update our blog frequently with our recent adventures. If you’d like to join us, or get more information about our groups, please contact us.
We’re also continually on the lookout for new places, events and field trip destinations for our group. If you have a suggestion, or are a business owner or facility administrator that you’d like to have us visit, please let us know.