Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunrise on Cape Canaveral Beach

To help avoid too much UV and to enjoy the beauty of God's creation we got up around 6:30 a.m. for some sunrise time on the beach.

John is not too fond of the larger waves from the Atlantic Ocean on the Space Coast.

Monica and the three oldest girls have really been loving the boogie boards. They are getting better at riding the waves in.
Around 9 a.m. we showered everyone off at the swimming pool and swam around the shade there for a while. Monica and Lydia took off for the store to get milk and veggies (especially veggies to make salsa).

Joseph and I discovered that Buzz Lightyear joined NASA at the site. Mission game 5 was our favorite of the interactive feature. You make Buzz fly around and then watch short videos of toys in space. Toys can teach a lot about physics. My favorite clip the one with the orthogonal gravitrons. I hadn't even seen that toy before. You've got to love the conservation of angular momentum.
I once taught a J-term class about the physics of sports and toys. The group of students in that class were great. We had so much fun and I think they even learned some things. We put together an informative Physics of Toys booklet. (I think it needs an editor before it is ready for publication :)

The Buzz Lightyear game can also be found at the NASA Kids Club site. While there I found that they have some fun pictures of one of my favorite characters, Snoopy.
After lunch we'll head out to check out the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral National Seashore. I always learn so much when my children work on their Junior Ranger patches. Even if you can't make it to a national park, there are on-line Junior Ranger programs.


airsoft guns said...

awesome post and pictures. i always wanted to see a shuttle launch. looks like i never will with recent budget cuts!

Mr. Bird said...
There are 3 more shuttle flights left. The shuttle retiring doesn't have anything to do with Obama, but the future Moon, Mars and beyond plans may.