For the first time in the history of the Karabots Junior Fellows program (almost 5 years now!), we decided to take the students to New York. For many, it was their first trip to Manhattan which made it extra special. Our destination was the American Museum of Natural History and their new “Power of Poison” exhibit. Over the next few weeks, we will begin work on our own Karabots-curated poison exhibit which will open at the Mütter Museum in June. Stay tuned for details.
Like all good school trips, ours started on a coach bus. This one was late but it was comfortable and there was no traffic. Two out of three ain’t bad!
Then there was the inevitable standing around outside while the group ticket situation got sorted out. It was windy but we saw a lot of smiles. Best of all, things got sorted out to our advantage. In addition to the poison exhibit and the rest of the fabulous museum, we also got tickets to the butterfly house and an iMax space show. Pretty sweet deal all around.
Inside it was the expected chaos of thousands of people swirling about, lost, looking for the blue whale and the dinosaurs and the planetarium. But you know what? Our group was still smiling.
At the poison exhibit, we learned about frogs and blow gun darts and Mad Hatters and witches and murdering someone with arsenic and even used iPads to figure out why the dog got sick and an owl died. Mostly, it gave us a lot to think about for our own exhibit. So exciting. After that, butterflies landed all over us and we loved it.
The day ended up with a cool iMax space show in the planetarium theater. We can’t show you pictures because we weren’t allowed to take them. It was such a great trip and a special day. We were so proud of the students and grateful to everyone who made it possible, most notably: Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation and George and Judy Wohlreich. Thank you all sincerely for your generosity.