|The boys got to visit the Raleigh Police Station before Christmas. Our troop leader's brother is an officer so he gave the boys a tour and a talk about his job.|
|The boys loved sitting in the police car.|
|Evan and the other scouts received honorary police badge stickers.|
|Trying to capture a picture of the whole troop with the police officer. They were sooo cooperative. (I need a sarcasm font!)|
|Next, the boys helped make sandwiches and pack lunches for Brown Bag Ministry, a charity that serves and feeds the homeless in the Raleigh Triangle area.|
|I love that the boys really seemed to enjoy their tasks.|
|And in January the boys had a "snowball" fight with a whole bunch of white socks they donated to a charity after the fight. It was EPIC!|
|First, Evan and his troop were awarded their forensic belt loops for learning about crime scene investigation techniques, including fingerprinting.|
|A picture depicting the chaos of the snowball fight. I like that Evan was wearing a bright green long sleeve shirt under his uniform because it makes it easier to spot him.|
|I stole this picture of the chaos from facebook because it showed my husband and the troop master up on the stage watching the action.|
|At his last troop meeting, the boys learned all about volcanoes. Evan told the group all he knew about the Ring of Fire. They made mini volcanoes out of play dough and made them erupt with baking soda and vinegar.|
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States having welcomed over 7 million visitors by its 60th anniversary in 2009. As a unit of the university, Morehead receives about one-third of its funding through state sources, one-third through ticket and gift sales, and one-third through gifts and grants.
First opened in 1949, the planetarium was used to train Gemini and Apollo program astronauts in celestial navigation. Until the late 1990s, it contained one of the largest working Copernican orreries in the world. The facility was donated to the university by alumnus John Motley Morehead III who invested over $3 million in the facility.
Morehead Planetarium opened on May 10, 1949 after seventeen months of construction. The first planetarium in the South, it was only the sixth to be built in the United States. Designed by the same architects who planned the Jefferson Memorial, the cost of its construction, more than $23,000,000 in today’s dollars, made it the most expensive building ever built in North Carolina at the time. Morehead Planetarium was officially dedicated during a ceremony held on May 10, 1949.
Since Zeiss, the German firm that produced planetarium projectors, had lost most of its factories during World War II, there were very few projectors available at the time. Morehead had to travel to Sweden, where he had previously served as American ambassador, to purchase a Zeiss Model II to serve as the heart of North Carolina’s new planetarium.
Let There Be Light was the planetarium's first show.
|Daddy and the boys took a little trip to the moon, and the boys enjoyed seeing some miniature rockets and space vessels.|