PHOTOS: Framingham Library, Museum of Science Create A ‘Blizzard’ of Fun

FRAMINGHAM- The Museum of Science Boston brought a traveling hands-on “Blizzard” to the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library yesterday,  July 13.


Robin Frank, who is in charge of the Children’s Room at the library, said this is the second year the library has hosted a traveling program put on by the Museum of Science.

As indicated in the title of the program, the children’s project was about blizzards. Frank explained that the project choice fit well with the theme that the library has taken on for the summer.

“The theme for this summer at the library is Build A Better World. I thought that blizzards and the construction project would go well with this theme” said Frank.

There was a blizzard simulator located in the left corner of the Community Room. Children gathered into different groups and were given the task of building a barrier that would protect their plastic snowboarder from the blizzard on their way down the simulator.

Colorful materials for the constriction of the barriers were spread out across three different tables. Teams were allowed to use up to six different materials for their barrier.

Materials included items such as ramps, posts, nets, walls, semi-circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and scrap pieces of fabric.

As children excitedly dispersed to gather the materials for their barriers, Frank said it truly was “like the Museum of Science” right there in the library’s Community Room. It was as though the library suddenly had a mini museum of their own, complete with little scientists.

After constructing their barriers, the groups of children lined up to test their creation in the blizzard simulator with the assistance of a Museum of Science employee. If their barrier did not work on the first try, or did not work as well as the team had hoped, children were allowed to go back to the material tables and reconstruct their design.

One of the children at the program, whose barrier is pictured in the gallery below, explained her design. She and her team opted to use three nets with posts and two plastic walls. She believed that by using all of these materials in front of the plastic snowboarder, the snowboarder would be able to survive the blizzard simulator. This was their first attempt at building a barrier, and all three members were confident in their design.

Teams were allowed to continue rebuilding and testing their designs until the time for their session was over.

The traveling Museum of Science program was popular among both children and parents alike.

It allowed children to learn in a hands-on manner with a lesson that was as educational as it was exciting.

Originally, the event was supposed to be one program that lasted for two hours. However, because an overwhelming amount of individuals signed up for the program, there were two different sessions of the same program. The program was intended for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.





Shauna Golden

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