Remember in third grade when you got to go on cool field trips and skip English class and PE for the day? Those were the days. Maybe the IT service desk should implement field trips to help workers refresh and perhaps even learn something new. For the STEM geeks (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), there are some totally cool places to visit, including museums, historical places, and more. The weather is gorgeous, so what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Seattle was the host of the 1962 World’s Fair, and Pacific Science Center was built for that very occasion. You can explore the worlds of environmental science, historical science, and more through interactive laboratories, outdoor exhibits, theaters, and special programs. There is also almost always a special guest exhibit to explore. (At the moment, they are featuring a special exhibit on Pompeii.)
2. The Museum of Science and Industry
Located in Chicago, amid an abundance of world-famous attractions and eateries (lunch anyone? We’re starved!) the Museum of Science and Industry offers displays and exhibits showcasing the phenomenal mathematical patterns abundant in the natural world. It also has a lot of materials science stuff to see, along with natural science exhibits that document and demonstrate powerful storms and other natural disasters. If you’re the type who already pre-ordered tickets to San Andreas and owns copies of Twister, Deep Impact, AND Armageddon, then this museum is for you.
Located in Munich, Germany, the Deutsches Museum is consistently ranked among the top tech museums in the world. The museum features lots of exhibits on developing technologies, transportation, natural science. Some specific exhibits to take in include “Materials Production” and “Musical Instruments,” both of which are significantly more interesting than these less-than-creative names would indicate.
4. Shanghai Science and Technical Museum
Now, let’s travel to Asia, where technology is a significant part of their current economic growth and prosperity! This museum is perhaps the best for tech geeks wanting to learn more about robotics, artificial intelligence, and more. There are also exhibits on design (the engineering aspect, not just the artistic aspect), light, space, and the natural world.
The National Air & Space Museum is part of the enormous collection of museums and galleries that comprise the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It is home to the largest collection of historically-significant aircraft and spacecraft in the entire world. From the infancy of air and space travel to the most innovative technological wonders of today, you can enjoy it all here. You can visit the “Outside the Spacecraft” exhibit to see what it’s like to walk or float in space and what it takes for astronauts to make repairs or conduct research in space. Just plan plenty of time for this museum, because it isn’t a quick half-hour tour. Plan several hours to enjoy this place.
Math geeks can pay homage to Pythagoras himself at Marathokampos on the island of Samos, Greece, where this famed mathematician and philosopher hid in a cave from Polycrates. Located at the base of Mount Kerkis (an extinct volcano), Pythagoras used the cave as both living quarters and educational facility, where he taught and groomed his students. Just beware of the trek because getting to the cave is no menial task. It will, however, make you think more fondly of your relatively comfortable high school math classes, endowed with luxuries like seats, desks, and probably heating and air conditioning.
Do you long for the perfectly set watch? If so, during a visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on Blackheath Avenue, you can set your timepiece precisely, and visit the notable 0 Longitude. The Observatory was established in 1675 by King Charles II, and is the location from which Greenwich Mean Time was derived.
Ready to go? All aboard! Please keep your hands and feet in the vehicle and refrain from feeding the animals.
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