Category Archives: Sports

Baseball Kindergarten Readiness


By Emily Lemons
Early Childhood Manager

Who doesn’t love a baseball game? Peanuts, crackerjacks, balls and strikes, and… kindergarten readiness? Believe it or not, a visit to the ballpark is a great way to help young children learn valuable skills that will prepare them for school. Young children learn best through exploration and experience, and anytime they visit a new environment, there are many opportunities for learning. Continue reading →

Bicycling for a Good Mind

By Lisa Moore, Guest Blogger
Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services

Riding bikes can be healthy for both your body and mind.

Riding bikes can be healthy for both your body and mind.

The benefit of bicycling is not just a physical one. Researchers are discovering exactly how we can maximize the cognitive benefits of a good bike ride. Every pedal that we make forces more nerve cells to fire. As these neurons light up, they intensify the creation of proteins like derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and noggin, which promote the formation of new brain cells.  Continue reading →

Q and A with DJ Vanderwerf, Blade Runner Athlete

By Shannon Johnson
Director of Exhibit Development, Evaluation and Capital Projects

DJ competes in a 5K

DJ competes in a 5K

One of the things I like most about the exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering is how it tells the stories of real people who design and use adaptive technologies.  Every component in the exhibit tells a story, whether it’s the entry kiosk that features several people including Erik Weihenmayer, an outdoor adventurer who is blind and uses a variety of tools in his outdoor adventurers, or the exhibit component where kids can fade and scratch music using a DJ system controlled by a wheelchair, which was inspired by the collaboration between assistive technology developer John Schimmel and DJ E-Money, who uses a wheelchair.

By hosting Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in our own community who design and use adaptive equipment.  A great example of this is the wonderful staff at Fillauer Companies, the global leader in the manufacturing, fabrication, development, and education of orthotic and prosthetic solutions in the United States. As a complement exhibit to Human Plus, Fillauer Companies made a hands-on component for Creative Discovery Museum so that children and their families can use three different Continue reading →

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