I’m Rosanne. Be one of my campers!

Meet Rosanne!About Rosanne:

BA Biology, Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
Having joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre as an intern in the garden, Rosanne imbues a sense of curiosity and respect for the natural world into all of her teaching. Her previous work in education has taken her from Ohio to Central America and, most recently, to Vermont as a garden-based educator. Rosanne loves the creativity and imagination of the museum visitors and sees her work as an opportunity to inspire young people to be inventors, growers and makers.

Here’s what Rosanne has to say about her 2013 summer camps:

I’m excited to spend the summer telling stories, digging in the dirt and building amazing inventions! Our campers have such wonderful curiosity and imagination, perfect for understanding and appreciating the science that makes our world work. At these camps, we will be exploring the world of science with storytelling, imagination, and lots of excellent messes.

• Young Inventors 7/22-7/26  •

At Young Inventors camp, we’ll be choosing our own adventures! This camp is all about fostering curiosity and inventiveness and building problem solving skills. Together, we will be devising creative solutions to whimsical challenges, drawing on the museum’s exhibits for inspiration (we have whozits and whatzits galore!). We will learn basic principles of science, explore the beauty of simple machines and learn to embraces challenges as an opportunity to be more creative. For example, from a given set of supplies, we’ll tackle a whole bunch of challenges: create something to keep a secret in! Create new instruments for your band and sing us a song! Create a flying machine to safely carry a family of jelly beans! This camp is designed for 6-8 year olds. Come to Young Inventors camp and dream up your own incredible invention!

• Dinos Rock! (8/12-8/16) •

Later in the summer, we’ll be traveling back to the Age of Reptiles- to the time of the dinosaurs. This camp is all about exploring prehistoric dinosaur life and the earth’s landscape 180 million years ago, a time when the Museum’s special collection of artifacts was being made! Learning from life-size replicas of dinosaur fossils and real plant and animal fossils, we’ll make casts of animal tracks, play rousing games of fossil charades and dance in a dinosaur disco. Campers will play archeologist and search the garden for fossils, carefully uncovering its hidden treasure. What ancient species will they uncover? How did it live? What did it eat? Dino Rock! camp is developmentally appropriate for 4-6 year olds and, if you child loves dinos and digging and dressing up, this is the camp for them!

Talk to Rosanne:

Curious about Rosanne’s camps? Contact her at 828-1234 x229 or email her at rosanne@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.

Answering Unanswered Questions on the Greenhouse Blog

Meet Rosanne!Most days I’m at the Children’s Museum & Theatre, I wish I had the power to pause time.  The clocks would stick, the crabs would halt mid-scuttle, and the rumbling space shuttle would delay its ignition.  And while the Museum stood still, I would fly down to the library and research the query of a three year old.  Because they ask some pretty incredible questions!

But when we’re sitting in the magical darkness of the Camera Obscura room and our discussion takes a turn towards the tangential and then a skip and a leap into Never Neverland, some questions are left unanswered.  Like this doozy from last week: If you stood on your head enough, could you train your brain to see right-side-up when you’re up-side-down? Hmm.  Sometimes the clock is ticking or attention is faltering, but much of the time, I’m simply not sure of the answer.

In teaching such imaginative and curious minds, I’ve come to realize that I essentially know nothing.  You could fill fire trucks and forests and whales and volcanoes with the things I don’t know. And while I’m perfectly happy to admit that, I always rush home a little faster those days to sherlock some answers.

Which brings us to the point of this introduction, a blog. A blog, you say? How fun! Adventures from  a Museum Greenhouse was created as an outlet to explore, to ponder, to teach and to learn.  A slight bit a way to grow my smarts and a bigger bit a way to answer the questions I couldn’t, this blog was born and blossoms from the minds of our visitors.  Because their imagination and creativity impress me every time I come to work, and I’ll happily let their questions follow me as I leave.

Rosanne started at the Museum & Theatre as a greenhouse education intern and recently joined our staff as a Visitor Guide. Learn more about Rosanne and the rest of our staff here.