Sunday, October 17, 2010

On Using My Family's Membership to The Works

My kids love The Works, Licking County's science, history, and art museum.  I'm on the Board and help advocate for STEM education components to The Works effort so I have a bias toward the museum too.

My kids have "done science" with technicians from Bionetics, Boeing, and Bayer at The Works.  They've built and raced numerous cars in the Go Lab, made their own creations out of discarded parts in the Invent Lab, stared in the face of a mastodon, and rung the bell on a early 20th century rail car.  Their experiences are extensive and memorable.

Of all the things, I like my membership for its access to science, history, and art in other places too.  The membership includes reciprocity access to other science-related museums around the country.

This year alone, my family will have used the membership to walk through Mister Rogers Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, go spelunking in a cave in Cincinnati, spray King Neptune in Columbus, explore Ohio history in Canton, and learn about NASA in Cleveland.

Add seeing fossils in Iowa, exploring the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, and walking inside a bubble in Kentucky to the list from past years' use of the membership.

And to think--a family membership starts at a mere $60.  The Works works for me.

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