My boy out in the west has a bucket list for the time he's stationed there. Last week we were able to knock off a couple of things on that list, starting off with a trip to the Science Museum.
The Science Museum is in a complex down by the LA Coliseum, if you're familiar with the area, that also includes a natural history museum. James was very disappointed with didn't stop in there and see dinosaur bones. The Science Museum houses a special exhibit right now that was the real draw for Collin.
The space shuttle Endeavor is housed there and I have to say, it was pretty stunning to see it. It wasn't gussied up at all, so you could see scuff and scorch marks on it. There was just something about seeing it there, and thinking about how it had been to space and back that was a little awe-inspiring.
You can't really get the scale of how big these engines are from this picture.
I tried with a different angle. My 6-foot son could easily stand up inside one of them.
In another area, Pixar had set up an exhibit about how science and math is involved in producing an animated movie.
I had no idea what was involved in getting a movie up on the screen, but it was kind of fascinating. Now, we all know that I did not get the math gene. Check that...what I mean to say is that I did not get the advanced math gene. I did really well until I got to geometry. Anything beyond that is like a different language.
I took several pictures of math principles as they applied to movies so I could send them to my son, Eric.
I knew he would appreciate it, because he's been known to do physics or calculus problems in his spare time....for relaxation. I do not understand this, and sometimes I wonder how he can even be my child, but apparently his dad's math gene "is strong with this one."
So I texted him these pictures with the caption. "Too. Much. Math." His response was, "Conic sections! They're all around us....just like The Force!" I don't even know what that means.
This display was right outside the museum. I don't know what it means either, but it looked cool.