swellmomma Posted January 29, 2012 Share Posted January 29, 2012 (edited) We drove into the city today to attend Harry Potter Science day. The kids loved it! They were each given a bag with a marauders map in it, they had to do a minimum of 6 stations and get their map stamped. If they did a minimum of 6 they got a "diploma" from Hogwarts and a Harry Potter trading card. We got there late and missed out on some sessions but they still had fun. When we first got there the sorting hat chose their house for the day. DS13 was slytherin, as was dd4. DD12 was Griffindor and DS8 was hufflepuff. I thought it was funny that is chose those ones, I could completely see DS13 been in slytherin if it was real. And with DD12 the hat got stuck for a long time before saying Griffindor which is funny because I have always said she will either go straight and be CEO of some major company and do amazingly good things in thie life, or she would run the mafia and do amazingly bad things. She has the charm, smarts and charisma to do either. The hat had a hard time chosing her house, I guess if "saw" the same thing as I do. :D First station they did was a potions class. They used red cabbage juice as a pH indicator and tested some solutions. Next on the list was Care of Magical Creatures I and II. In I they had live animals (Macaw, Boa, chameleon, turtle etc) for them to see/touch/learn about. In II they moved around the room and learned about how actual animals of today created teh mythological tales of the past (horn from a Narwal being thought to be a unicorn horn, elephant skull being thought of as a cyclops etc) They were given a stamp of a wearwolf paw, a dragon scale, feather and "cyclops eye" to glue to their discovery card. In this session one of the people talking is the resident dinosaur expert, a student doing a PhD in paleontology. DS13 had a great time talking to him and has requested to start High school science on Monday to start getting ready for university (he was talking to the guy about what courses he needs to get into the university to do paleontology) 3rd session was Herbology they made their own herbal tea bags and secret messages with lemon juice. 4th was Muggle Studies, they extracted their own DNA and learned a bit about genetics, dominant/recessive genes and mutations. 5th session was Defence against the Dark arts where they solved the mystery of who put Harry's name in the Goblet of fire. They did chromotography and finger print identification. All 4 kids thought this session was very cool and want to do some chromotography at home now. ANd lastly they went to Owlery II where they made homemade compasses out of pictures of owls and paper clips and learned how owls navigate using the earth's poles for directionality. Sessions we missed out on Owlery I which was an actual live owl demonstration(and needed sign ups but was full by the time we got there), Quidditch (same as the owls it was full for the whole day by the time we got there), Wands (make their own wands), Howlers(origami to make a peice that moved like a howler mouth), charms (which was actually a trivia game), the dungeons (where they were reading tales of beetle the bard) and graphic novel making. If we had got there on time and had another1.5-2 hours to spend we would have been in everything. If your area every has this run you really should take your kids to it. At the end the kids got their Hogwarts diplomas and best of all it was all FREE! ETA: As I posted this I went to check on the kids. DS13 was making a list of the sciences he wants to start studying on Monday in preparation of University. I am going to go with it :D My laziest kid of them all suddenly has all sorts of plans, we will see how long it lasts but I will grab hold of his enthusiasm while I still can. Edited January 29, 2012 by swellmomma Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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