Sunday, March 22, 2009

Online Prerequisite for Our Visit to the Zoo

Today we took a nice trip to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Prior to the trip I went to their website to check the hours and could not resist checking out their online educational resources. They had some nice, educational games, including the "Design a Panda Habitat." I let the kids play the game. They really enjoyed the game, successfully completed it, and appeared to learn quite a bit about Pandas. Plus, it added a little more motivation for our trip, not that much more motivation is needed for a trip to the zoo.

When we arrived at the giant panda exhibit, they had already learned quite a bit about the pandas and their habitat. And the course put much of what they were seeing and learning into context. This was also convenient since the place was packed...really packed. Access to the exhibit's educational material was limited. Most of our time was spent waiting for that moment when the kids could politely get to the front and sneak a quick peak at the pandas. So, thank you National Zoo for providing online resources for all the future zoologists out there.

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