Who can resist a fun, funny, & fulfilling day? Certainly, not the staff at "e" inc.  So, this October, on Saturday the 14th from 11am to 3pm, 
"e" inc. will be hosting its first ever rubber ducky race for prizes -- 

The one and only...

"e" inc. Duck Dash

Please mark your calendars and join us for music, food, fair games, science activities, relay races and Charlestown's first ever race of the duckies. The FUN happens on the Little Mystic Channel in the Charlestown Navy Yard at 114 16th Street.

Prizes, Sponsors, and Places to Purchase your ducks can be found either online (www.einc-action.org) or at community venues to be announced as they are added to our roster. And don't forget to check back often for the updated list of prizes in our newsletters and on our website.

Proceeds of the Duck Dash will directly support the 
"e" inc. Environment Science Discovery and Action Museum' s upcoming exhibit: "Our Home" - what ideas can children gain from nature & new materials as they craft homes in response to the challenges of Climate Change.

In the meantime...
See you at the Races!!

Please note: This will be a rain or shine event. In case of rain, all games and activities will be moved indoors. The Duck Dash itself, however, will still take place on the Little Mystic at 1:30 PM (so bring a hat or umbrella and come cheer on your ducks).

As we all know - those Ducks Love Rainwater.
Summer Surprises Across the City With "e" inc.

This summer, "e" inc. created a new curriculum along with its existing 3 field trip projects, all focused on the many ways our children can experience the summer.  In camps, we had young scientists exploring ten different science ideas about their planet as part of our Science in Summer camp series.  At our home base, young museum goers learned about Weather and Climate in a Changing World.  Our children also joined our free trips to the Allendale Urban Wild or our investigations at Fort Point Channel - a program in partnership with Boston Properties. 

Summer is a transformative season. Children and youth are engaging with new people, trying new experiences, and visiting places they have never seen before. It is a time for opening the senses, feeling a bit more "free," investigating new ideas, and making some new choices and, of course, making a difference for the Earth. 

This summer, the children that visited Fort Point Channel rowed in Dragon Boats in the harbor, had watershed lessons, made art pieces (on display at Atlantic Wharf), and collected and marked crabs, later adding their 'citizen science' data to an invasive species research grant conducted by Coastal Zone Management.

The research effort consisted of our children handling and identifying green crabs, as well as, the typical native blue crab species. Children tagged and numbered the invasive green crabs as part of a study on blue crab species in our area.  Our young visitors loved taking data to help local marine researchers understand what sort of changes are taking place amongst the beings in this waterway. It was exciting to learn the data protocols and later, to add their numbers to the large data set. The children felt so excited to be part of something so important!

As the "e" inc. Environment Science Discovery & Action Museum's
inaugural exhibit "Weather and Climate" returns to the Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, we look back on our first months as museum leaders and the excitement we felt. First, was the challenge of learning how to structure the rooms and hold children's interest for four hours.

To augment the pieces on the floor, we created a paleoanthropology video rap to explain how nature's physical structures can tell stories. Then we added homemade anemometers and the investigation of real tree cores (the latter, so children could uncover the secrets that their piece of wood had to tell).  We also created plays so student visitors could appreciate the unintended consequences of the early adopters of fossil fuels. 

Upon entry to the museum, each child was given a workbook to answer questions posed about the ideas at every station, as well as a place to add the new concepts about energy they were learning -- from how it is made, to what it can do, and how they use it at home.

We call our teaching approach on the floor of the museum "supported learning" because we use the informal methods in the museum to achieve solid learning outcomes. Both students and teachers loved it and the reviews sent to us were excellent.
Don't miss stories from the 'front lines' of teaching and engaging children in our next newsletter.