Summer: Sand and Science


The summer of 2016 found the kids having new (and old) experiences.

We went to North Carolina for our summer vacation.

We had tried a beach vacation on three other occasions.

This one was the best.

I think it had to do with the weather and temperature of the water.

The kids had a great time.

We didn’t have any major meltdowns.

We all tolerated the sand.

Mea played more softball.

Kieran attended a technology camp that he enjoyed, but which took him out of his comfort zone (being in a new place with new people).

Liam attended his first of two years in a Summer Science Training Program.

The program hosts different college professors teaching half or full day lessons on a topic on which they are an expert, for a total of eight days.

He was one of the youngest students in the program.

One afternoon, he came home and said, “Mom, today I extracted DNA from a cow’s spleen.”

One whole day was devoted to computer programming.

The rest of the time was devoted to topics that were new to Liam.

While he’s still not a biology-science guy, he learned about different sciences and how they were related to math, expanding his horizons beyond just math.

He stretched himself by making new acquaintances and being in a new environment.

He looked forward to going back for part 2 the next summer.

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