Places to Go – Things to See on Your Way

Sometimes there are wonderful things to see right on our way to the places we want to go. We just need to take a moment and look. The HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport is a good place to take time and look. While this is the busiest airport in the world, it is also a treasure of learning.

The many concourses of the Atlanta airport are connected with a great underground train. But if you don’t take the train, there are moving walkways connecting the terminals. Or, you can just walk to stretch your legs, which feels great and really helps little ones burn off energy. Recently I had a long layover and here’s what I found.

In the terminal atrium, outside of security, a magnificent Yangchuanosaurus, thirty-one feet long and ten feet tall smiles down at travelers resting between flights. He is part of a private collection currently on loan.

Want ice, ice, and deep blue water? Between Concourses A and D is the Transportation Mall where you’ll find an exhibit of Antarctica photos taken by Santiago Vanegas. Vanegas returned from Antarctica in 2009 with eleven thousand photos. The current display contains fifty of his best and will remain on display until February 2012.

Do you like model airplanes? Is anyone studying World War II or the role of jewelry in displaying patriotism? Visit the McAvoy Collection in the South Terminal to see handcarved WWII model airplanes created by Georgia native Holice McAvoy. The National Museum of Patriotism provided the exhibit with Sweetheart Jewelry. This jewelry was created and worn to show patriotism and support for soldiers during World War II. Learn more.

Presented by the Airport Art Authority, Concourse E holds the Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit of personal items, including the robe Dr. King wore when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. The King Center has loaned the items and plans an expansion.

For more photos and information on these special exhibits, check this link.

If you enjoy purses made of woven gum wrappers or juice packs, then you’ll love Recycle Runway in Concourse E. Artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd inspires us with fun and fashion to rethink waste. Visit www.RecyleRunway.com/ATL for more ideas, eco-quiz, video, and more resources.

More learning from the Atlanta airport will be coming.

Science Camp – LaJoy Style

Cindy LaJoy and her family recently took their refurbished motor home on a camping trip. But it wasn’t just for camping. Cindy decided to make it a science camp using Nancy Larson® Science 2 lessons. Please enjoy the adventure along with the LaJoy family. Use the link below.

Science Camp

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Finding “Waldo” Seedling

We learn in Nancy Larson® Science 1 that seeds from broad-leaf trees fall to the ground and begin to grow into seedlings. Some seeds are heavy, such as acorns, and fall close to the parent tree. Other seeds, such as maples and elms, are carried by the wind and may land far from the parent tree.

It’s not too surprising that I found this little seedling growing among my flowers.

Wondering how far it traveled, I looked for the adult tree and found this maple tree about two hundred feet down the street. It’s the tree in front of the blue mini-van.

I compared the leaves to see if they were the same.

Then I wondered, “Where are other seedlings from this tree?”

Here’s one I found growing in the grass about twenty feet from the adult tree.

The photo on the right shows the seedling and the parent tree. Do  you see the little seeding in the grass?  It’s at the bottom of the photo.

Were there other young seedlings growing, almost hidden, in the grass? I kept looking very carefully to find more.

Here’s another seedling.

Here’s the adult tree about thirty feet away from the seedling.

Where are tree seedlings in your yard?  Finding them is like a “Where’s Waldo?” picture. Sometimes you need to take extra time, get up close, and look carefully. Then you’ll find them.

How many seedlings can you find?

How far are they from the adult tree?

How do you know which adult tree is the parent?

Could you create a graph that shows how far the seedling is from the adult tree?

Take photos to document your finds.

We’d love to see them and will share with others.

Enjoy finding “Waldo” seedlings!