Poconos Flat Travelers Bed and Breakfast

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Links to things we saw and did at the Franklin Institute

We only took pictures of a few things, and we weren't allowed (or it wasn't possible) to photograph the IMAX movie and the Body Worlds exhibit. So, here are a few links to the other exhibits we visited on Saturday, March 4:

Franklin . . . He's Electric! http://www.fi.edu/tfi/exhibits/franklin.html
The Giant Heart http://www.fi.edu/giantheart/index.html
IMAX film: The Human Body http://www.fi.edu/tfi/info/body.html

and the highlight of our anatomy-themed visit . . .
Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies http://www.fi.edu/bodyworlds/gallery.html

There's so much more to see and do at the Franklin Institute that we can't wait to go back. There's good news, though--we bought a membership to the museum! Hooray!

The Soapbox Collector

We also enjoyed learning about the motion of a pendulum, and the intriguing applications of this Focault's pendulum.

We couldn't visit the Franklin Institute without examining the exhibits that told us about the life and times of Ben Franklin himself, many of which were situated around this impressive statue.

And the tiny black dot of a hole just beside this probe is the largest artery that serves the heart tissue itself. (This, compared to the great big and easily found aorta!)

We find and name each valve . . .

The model of a human heart on the desk helps us find and identify the parts of the real heart in the tray.

We're still in this part of the museum when we hear of an opportunity to watch a sheep's heart dissection.

If there's enough plaque to block the artery, then not even a baby can fit through!

Anyone can fit through the giant unclogged artery, but if it's hardened by plaque, only a toddler can make his way with ease.

a little blurry, but that's Kiki up there in the pulmonary vein, halfway through the giant walk-through heart

When asked, Kiki was quick to volunteer the names and functions of the different parts of the eye.

Next, we joined a small group to watch closely as our docent dissected a real cow's eye.

and even the Soapbox Collector had to try the challenging task!

The telegraph drew in Grrlinthemoon to try her hand at sending coded messages . . .

Kiki uses a telegraph to send messages in Morse code--it's far trickier than it looks!

Jinn Quon sets up an electromagnetic spinner in his project. To his left, you can just make out his last effort--using electromagnets to create free-floating stirrers for chemistry labs.

Kiki rotates components with magnets while learning how an electric motor works.

Jinn Quon and Kiki experiment with electromagnets and electromagnetic devices

Without the flash, we can see why Kiki was so fascinated!

Kiki examines the production of electricity at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The PFT B& B Resurfaces

We've been in our new house for a year and a half now, give or take, and the great many changes in our lives haven't been shared with any recent Flat Travelers. But, it seems our family still wants to see pictures of our lives, Flatties or no.

I'm still partial to the idea of re-opening our FT B&B--but right now, we're still a bit too busy to promise guests a prompt return trip. So for the time being, I'll keep with the family photos.

So to my mother and stepfather, my sister-in-law, my father-in-law, and all our other relatives . . . here you go!

The Soapbox Collector