Thursday, November 15, 2012

We Can Do It!

Raising kids with a "can do!" attitude...

My awesome daughter.
Photo Credit: David Venezia

Ever since Kat could walk, we've been getting our hands dirty. We build, we dig, we collect, and we examine. We try to see problems as challenges and questions tend to invite ideas and quests to find answers. Of course, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but we're always seeking to build our skills and improve our outlooks. I've wanted Kat to grow up feeling empowered, capable, and confident. So far, she has had little trouble powering through and looking for the next fun thing.

Which is why I was so surprised when we began our last learning adventure. We were having some issues with our car, and we needed to get some routine maintenance done. I figured that we could save a little bit of money by doing some of the work ourselves. We would start with checking our power steering fluid and changing our air filter. As I was watching a video tutorial on YouTube, Kat turned to me and with all seriousness, said, "Mom, what are you doing? Girls don't work on cars!".

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dissection at the Science Center!

Warning: This post contains graphic images of a bat dissection.

Kat and her bat specimen in the AZ Science Center's lab.

Last month, Kat and I spent quite a bit of time learning about bats and their diets and habitats. One of the highlights of our research was when we compared bat skeletons to the skeletons of other creatures. The most interesting comparisons came when we looked at bats, birds, and humans. The first similarity that comes to mind when comparing bats with birds is their shared ability to fly. Both skeletons are light enough to facilitate that, and some of their bones are fused together in similar ways in order to decrease the amount of weight in each skeleton.