Finding Science in a Campground

This past weekend, my family went camping with several other families. As the sun went down and the adults all gathered around a fire hoping smoke would discourage the mosquitoes, the kids ran about with glow sticks trying to catch fireflies.

Living in the Midwest, we all take fireflies for granted. One of my favorite things about summer is watching the fireflies (or lightening bugs as they are also called) rise out of the grass every evening. Even our kids just assume there will be fireflies in the summer. So it was fun to watch the reaction of our friend’s Grandma who, having lived her entire life in California, had never seen fireflies. As my son and his friend returned with glowing insects in hand, she was as excited as a child, and as I tried to explain to the kids how these little guys light up, she was the one who was fascinated. Continue reading “Finding Science in a Campground”