This past Saturday the William Woods Biology Club took a trip into St. Louis to go to the Science Center. We met early outside the Cox Science and Language building to to make the drive into the city. My grandparents live in St. Louis and my dad was visiting them so I decided to drive separately so I could go see them afterward.
The Science Center was a lot of fun. I had been there before as a kid, but I forgot just how big it is! First we went down to the lower levels to see the prehistoric dinosaur exhibit. They had real dinosaur bones and a triceratops's horn on display for people to touch. They also had a place where you could put together fossil puzzles and dig in the dirt for different artifacts. Then we went over to the energy exhibit. There were a lot of interactive stations to teach people about how energy works, what it takes to create energy, and how much energy people consume. They even have a stationary bike for people to pedal and try to generate energy. You would be surprised at just how hard that is. We couldn't generate enough energy for a blender to make two smoothies!
There were many other fun exhibits, but the highlight of the day was the visiting programs. They had a lot of booths set up to teach about being healthy. At one station some of the people in our group experienced what it was like to scrub in for a surgery.
We also got to learn all about the brain. They brought in PhD candidates and medical students to teach about their neurological research. One group even brought the brain and spinal cord of someone who donated their body to science research. They let people touch it (with gloves on of course) and explained that while it looks small, it is actually large compared to the size of our bodies. Elephants have bigger brains than us, but it is actually small in relation to their body size.
After we finished up at the Science Center, I met up with my dad and we visited my grandparents. Then Dad, Grandpa and I went to dinner at a sports restaurant. Neither my dad nor my grandfather enjoy sports, but they said we had to go because they had the best fries. Even though they complained a little about the noise, the restaurant had great fries!
I will be returning to St. Louis next week for Thanksgiving. The rest of my family will fly out from Colorado and my older sister will drive from her school in Iowa. I'm excited to see them and eat lots of tasty Thanksgiving food!