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Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 18th, 2017
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Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

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 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...

Najwa at Astronomy Festival on National Mall - Washington DC
By David Gaines On Friday, June 10th, 2016
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Najwa’s First Glimpse of Another World

This wasn’t going to be your typical festival. No dancing, exotic foods and vendors selling you timeshares or replacement windows. For this one, it didn’t really get started until after dusk, tables More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 27th, 2016
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Najwa Mining For Crystals

WHen we went to Engineering Family Day last month, she met with some metallurgists who talked about how mining minerals. She even got to make her own toothpaste. And then I saw this Crystal Mining Kit. This educational More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 13th, 2016
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Intel Science Talent Search At The National Geographic Society

When I first read about the event at the National Geographic Society, I thought it was more an event where kids could also participate in science. But the Intel Science Talent Search was more about some really brilliant More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 6th, 2016
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Back to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Though there’s so much to do at work, and I planned for this weekend to get caught up, Najwa threw me off when she greeted me in the morning with, “so where are we going today?” I’m More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 5th, 2016
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Making a Color Changing Volcano, Well, Sort Of, Kinda, Not Quite, But It Was Cool [5:34]

After making some homemade tuna sandwiches, Najwa and I decided to make a volcano. We’ve had My First Mind Blowing Science Kit sitting in the closet for some time now. A few years ago we More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum

Now that Najwa is getting older and starting to understand these events we go to, we went to the National Building Museum’s Engineering Family Day for the exposure to engineering careers and activities. More...

Najwa doing research project at UMD
By David Gaines On Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
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Najwa Participating In Science Research at University of Maryland

Deep, deep, deep down inside, I would like to see our little girl pursue a career in some STEM-related field. I love science; I’d love for her to be a scientist. What better way to introduce her, More...



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