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Geek Camp Day One

December 20, 2010

We started out on the couch, pumped about the dinos!

We watched this first, just the first episode, as we’ll cover dinos over the next two weeks!

The graphics are cool…

But someone had a problem with some of the content.
We moved onto the book after the first episode and read some:
Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History
(from Amazon)
Then we took a brief detour to friendlier dino books while Bobby read in the bigger book by himself.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
(from Amazon)
Next up were websites like Enchanted Learning to look at more dinosaurs in an easier format, where we looked at the introductory page and quickly focused on the Eoraptor
(wikimedia commons)
After a short break where the girls played Jump Start Second Grade on the computer, and the boy and I took care of chores, we moved onto the human body.  The girlies got ready to take notes (but they were really drawing sponge bob while they watched the next documentary, which is 96 minutes long, a bit of a stretch for little girlies who have a hard time sitting still). 

The Human Body:
National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine

(from Amazon)
It was a bit long for the bright boy, too. Breaks are good things. 🙂

About thirty minutes into this, we also discovered it was a bit too graphic in places, as it shows actual surgeries. The girlies were ducking for cover, and the boy was making some interesting faces.

 Lil’s place to hide from the graphics while still listening to the content.
Bobby was less than thrilled with the surgery to reconnect nerves.

 The body video was too long and too graphic, so we took several breaks.
The girls played the same game on different computers.

After lunch, we went back to the video, and Rosie was enchanted:

Rosie adores the skeleton!

And who wouldn’t think this is super cool?
There were more surgeries: a shoulder surgery and the removal of a brain tumor; these are not for the easily grossed out, but I found them wickedly cool, and the girlies simply looked away (or hid) while these bits were played. The bright boy alternated between groans and wows.  The length of this documentary taxed their attention, but we took several breaks throughout the 96 minute documentary, and they were pleased to have learned some things.

After five hours of focusing on dinosaurs and the human body, we decided we could conclude the main part of geek camp for the day. Oh, we’ll be watching Eureka season 1 this evening as a family, so the geekfest is by no means over, but it was a good morning. Tomorrow we’re doing planets instead of the body and continuing with the dinosaur study. 🙂

The girlies hiding from the brain tumor surgery.

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