Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum

I read somewhere recently that girls are a long shot to become scientists, engineers, anything STEM-related, not because of an inability to do those jobs, but because of a lack of interest.  And that lack of interest isn’t because they’re simply not interested, it’s because they don’t get as much exposure or encouragement More...

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Stargazing at National Air and Space Museum - Looking at Pleiades
By David Gaines On Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Stargazing at Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Planets at Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

When we first moved into our home, I got glow-in-the-dark stars for the ceiling in Najwa’s room.  Before she even started Kindergarten, I made sure she knew all the planets, in order, which ones More...

National Air and Space Museum - African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Celebrating African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

The National Air and Space Museum is one of Najwa’s favorite museums.  So, I put it on the calendar because they were having a Heritage Family Day with the focus on African American Pioneers in More...

Making newspaper fort at the National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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Building Newspaper Forts and Visiting Timber City at National Building Museum

In the afternoon Najwa and Nduku were headed to a birthday party in Waldorf. Wanting to get back to getting Najwa out of the house on weekends, and considering tomorrow’s Super Bowl meant we only More...

By David Gaines On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Everything Else About Our Visit to Kenya

When we go to Kenya, we go for two weeks, which may seem like ample time to really relax — that times flies. As soon as you land, it’s time to pack up to go back home. Over the course of those two More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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Visit to Lake Magadi Where They Were Harvesting Salt (Or Is It Soda?)

After the long ride south, we finally made it to Lake Magadi.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, not really understanding how you can harvest salt our of a lake, but it didn’t take long to get More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi

For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi. Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, December 25th, 2016
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Hanging Out In Kitui With Family Before Hitting The Night Scene

After our trip to the coast, as usual, we had plans to go to Kitui, Kenya, and visit Nduku’s extended family.  This was my third trip out there, every two years, and boy was I in for a surprise. During More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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Killing Time On a Glass Boat Off The Coast of Kenya

With some time to kill with the kids at the pool with the other grown folk, Nduku and I hoped on a glass boat and took a ride out to the coral reef. Nduku patiently waiting More...

Nduku and Najwa entering the Slave at Shimoni Kenya.
By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Our Trip to Shimoni Kenya and a Visit to the Slave Caves

As we usually do when visiting the coast of Kenya, we like to pick a destination off the beaten path to explore. When we were at Temple Point a few years ago, we visited the Gedi Ruins and explored Watamu More...