Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Brain Games (with family 4pk ticket giveaway)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Museum of Science and Industry. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.Tracking Pixel



A resounding theme with parents over the summer break is that they want their children to be able to keep learning and still have fun. The Museum of Science and Industry-Chicago has found a great way to help! Promoted on social media as #MSISummerbrain, the Summer Brain Games is a free online science club that allows your children to create experiments with items that are generally already in most homes. These experiments can be done in large part without adult supervision, so kids can take it upon themselves to see the experiment for the week and get busy creating and learning when they feel like it (and not just when you have time to participate and/or help).

Registration and participation is free, and the 8-week program runs from June 8, 2013 - August 12, 2013. Each week you will be provided with a new experiment or science challenge that can be easily performed at home. Instructions are available in both English and Spanish.

My children are enrolled in the free program and we've been having a lot of fun with it.

The Week 1 Balloon Racers was the first experiment we tried and we liked it so much we have done it several times since. The first time we gathered our supplies and took them with us on one of our trips to the lake.

The kids taped one end of a string to the community BBQ pit, and the other end to the picnic table, blew up the balloons, and followed the rest of the very easy to follow instructions for testing their balloon racer.


It worked so well that the next day the kids decided to set up the same experiment in our backyard.

My daughter put a little man in a lightweight plastic container
to see if the balloon racer would move him along (and it did!).

This time, however, they got fancy and made the string much longer, and put a container with a plastic guy in it to see if the force would push him along for the ride (and it did!).

What they learned from the experiment was that as air rushed backwards out of the balloon, it would push the racer in the opposite direction with the same amount of force (Newton's Third Law of Motion at work), and they learned that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Kid science at its finest, and lots of giggles were had too. This was fun for both of my children, one aged 14 and one aged 5.


The second experiment we are working on right now, and it is the Week 3 Tetrahedral Kite. Made very easily (and making it is fun too) out of things we already have at home, such as straws, tape, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, and tape, we didn't have to purchase one item to begin our work on this experiment (nor did we on the first one we tried).


The instructions are in a simple to read format with awesome diagrams, and there's a template to download if you'd like further help as well.


My 5-yr. old is cutting out the paper and carefully taping it to the triangles. He's taking a lot of care with the work, and I know he's enjoying it.

What we'll see happening with this experiment is again, Newton's Third Law of Motion where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The lifting force when flying a tetrahedral kite comes from catching and deflecting air. Air cannot pass through it, so it gets blown down at an angle through the tetrahedral cells. The downward movement of air will cause an upward force on the kite, causing it to lift.

We'll be taking this kite with us to the trails tonight to give it a go, and the anticipation is almost as fun as conducting the experiment. We're having a really good time with the Summer Brain Games science program. I highly recommend it!! It's an easy, fun, free, creative way to encourage a love of science and continued learning for your children over the summer break.


You can learn more about the Museum of Science & Industry by visiting their website here.

You can also follow them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/msichicago) and/or Twitter (https://twitter.com/msichicago).

If you haven't been to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, it's an absolutely fabulous place to visit (you'll love it and your kids will too!).  There is a giveaway below for a family four pack of general admission tickets to the museum ($76.00 value). Giveaway ends July 9, 2013. I encourage you to enter if you live in, or will be in the Chicago area. Remember though, the Summer Brain Games are free for everyone worldwide to register and use.


The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.

Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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65 comments:

  1. I love the science challenges where it is so fun the kids don't even realize they are learning! This balloon racer experiment looks pretty cool! Totally entering this one. I have been wanting to go to this museum for years. Every year we say were are going, then get sucked into doing something else. If I win, we'll be forced to stop putting it off lol.

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    1. I love activities that teach the kids without them realizing it too. :)

      I think the Museum of Science & Industry is the perfect place for a summer visit.

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  2. How fun is this?! I love it!

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    1. It's been fun, I look forward to the activities each week and cannot wait to see the kite fly. :)

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  3. How fun is this? Lots. I love it.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. They do have some pretty fun things to do. I like that the experiments are easy but still fun, and that they lend themselves perfectly to a little science info.. :)

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  4. This looks like a great opportunity for the kids. I'd love to visit the Chicago museum, but it rather far from us. I guess I could enter and I could send it to an old friend who lives in Chicago and has young kids.

    Thanks,
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. That's an awesome idea. :) We're lucky to live right next door to the state, I like visiting Chicago. :)

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  5. It looks like fun to make your own kite! Summer Brain Games sound awesome. Thanks for sharing. =0)
    ~Kim
    www.2justByou.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting. It's an awesome summer program!

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  6. We have crafts planned for my GS on vacation.... Something like this would fit right in.

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  7. sounds nice but a little far for a visit for us right now---will check out the downloads =)

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    1. The downloads are fun, and you guys seem to love hands-on things, could be right up your alley. :)

      I liked your pics from the 4th!

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  8. That is awesome! I wish it was closer because my kids would love it! Glad there are downloads so we can participate at home!

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    1. That program is fun, and it's a nice way to get a little science in while the kids are on break.

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  9. This is a fantastic idea. The kids are learning and I can see that they really enjoy what they are doing.

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    1. They really do, Lisa. You know when a teen wants to participate AND lets you take pictures, that it's good stuff. ;)

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  10. I love that the Summer Brain Games encourages a love of science plus encourages family time!

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    1. I like those two factors too, Marissa. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. We won't be going to Chicago anytime soon, but man this is a cool giveaway! I love that museum!

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    1. That's because you just had a fabulous vacation, and I love your pictures!! That waterfall on your way back home was neat too and it looked very peaceful.

      The program is free (you do it at will, on your own time from downloadable instructions), and I bet your boys would like to do the experiments. :)

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  12. My kids live stuff like this. How cool!

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    1. And free and easy too. An awesome combination by anyone's standards. :) Thanks for visiting, Lisa.

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  13. Awh, thanks for noticing the flap. My photo shoots outside are weird cuz I can't get every detail to show up. So I am glad you noticed it. thanks (hug)

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    1. I like details like that on a skirt, they make them my instant faves. Thanks for visiting, Renae.

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  14. What fun! My son is really into science.

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    1. I've seen some of the fun things you do with your son. I bet he'd like some of these too! Thanks for visiting. :)

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  15. Experimenting was one of my favorite activities as a kid. It's great to see that there are initiatives like this!

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    1. Agreed, I was very happy to find this program too, Ronnie.

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  16. Wow, this sounds fantastic for our younger grandchildren! Thanks. I'll be sure to pass the info on to our daughters-in-law. They don't live anywhere near Chicago, but they could do the experiments. Sounds perfect!

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    1. We're looking forward to the rest of the experiments, they really are fun, and interesting too.

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  17. He seems to enjoy it and I am amazed that he is so interested in doing a good job. Most kids just want to slap whatever it is on and move on. :-)

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    1. Both of them are pretty good at putting their all into whatever they're doing. Knock on wood. :)

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  18. Wow that sure keeps them busy, looks like much fun and stuff is learned too.

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    1. Those kinds of lessons stick too, because they're right in the thick of things with the experiments.

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  19. Oh wonderful photos and cute kids! Great post ~ fun thing to win ~ Happy Weekend and 'thanks for visiting' ^_^

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    1. One of my favorite giveaways. A great place for children and adults to visit. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. I suck at such games :(. But I think they are uber good for the kids. I love the pics, and thanks for stopping by my posts!:)

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    1. These are pretty easy, you might surprise yourself. I am pretty not crafty but was able to do these with the kids. I agree these kinds of lessons are good for them.

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  21. oh very nice hit i am sure i will be thanking you for this....my oldest loves things that turn the brain...and fun....alright on my way over to register...

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    1. It's easy, informative, fun, and free, what's not to love, right? :) I'm headed over to your place to visit. :)

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  22. Your comment to me today is so cool. Thank you, Rosey! Not usually here on Saturday so thank you for your sweet attention and liking my scarf and/or shoes.

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  23. This is perfect for your son...one day the time and love you put into your children will pay mighty dividends...

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    1. He had such a blast doing those, Laurie. Thanks for stopping by today. :)

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  24. We love going to all types of museums. We especially like going to museums that teach about local culture when we visit new areas.

    Katie Roch

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    1. We do too, going to the museums is def. one of our favorite things to do. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. They have lots of great experiments to do, and the downloads for instructions are free. You can also see examples online. No charge for anything, it's awesome. :)

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  26. We grew up in Chicago - lived in various places and now live here again. We have ALWAYS LOVED the Museum of Science & Industry (not to mention all of the other world class museums we have here in the Windy City.

    We have not been there in YEARS - partly because, well, who know where the time goes? But also because our "discretionary" funds have mostly dried up or been diverted into "emergency funds."

    My family would be thrilled and delighted to win these tickets and make a day of it just exploring the museum and the city around it. Thanks!

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I also grew up in Chicago and we often went to the museums and the zoos. Now I live in northwest Indiana and we still try to get to the city to visit when we can. Would love to take my family on another trip to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry!

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  28. Ryan would love this - and I would love that it is keeping him busy, away from that darn TV!

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  29. This is definitely a great way spend some of the summer holidays Rosey! I am glad your children are having a lot of fun and wish them more good times.

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  30. We live in the Chicago suburbs so we like to head to Chicago to the beach or zoos.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  31. I don't know that I'd be in Chicago anytime soon, but I'd love to take the kids someday!

    Also wanted to say that I made that kite when I was in 5th grade and remember enjoying flying it at school and then again at home. Very neat! :-)

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    1. It is fun, ours flew like a charm!!

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  32. How nice they're still making things like this. Remember making a volcano?;)

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    1. I do remember making a volcano. I've done it too with both of my older two boys.

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  33. what a great way to have fun over the summer ;)

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  34. Both my girls love math and science so these activities and the museum are right up their alleys!!

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  35. Thanks Rosey. I'll check out the website. We are back from our comings and goings for the most part, so it's time to fill in the gap with some fun learning ;-) Christopher's bus driver gave him small book of projects. I wish there were some that he could do on his own though.

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