First Friday: Dinner, Science Center, Walk

  • January 3, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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We'll eat at the Rose and Crown at 5:30.  When we finish eating (around 6:40) we'll walk next door to the science center.  There's a free lecture at 7:00; Some of us will attend that.  Others will walk around the science center and see the free exhibits.  At about 8:15 we'll meet again, and go on a walk down to Roosevelt to see the First Friday art scene.  We'll stop by Angel's Trumpet on the way back to our cars, and also pass by the outdoor ice skating rink that they set up at Cityscape.

There are three parts to this event; feel free to attend any parts that you wish.  If you're going to join us in the middle, let us know when to look for you!

The Science Center lecture is "Using Video Games for Learning": 

"Did your kids get the new Play Station 4 for the holidays or do you have to fight your kids to stop playing their video games? Until recently, the perspective that video games lacked any educational value and was mere entertainment, dominated adults' understanding of the role video games played in children's lives. However, research suggests that video games can teach children academic and non-academic content as well as transferable skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Join Drs. Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Hayes from Arizona State University for a discussion of how video games teach children, and what adults can do to help children learn using video games."

Parking is free at the meters downtown after 5pm on First Fridays.  (I think any Friday, but I'm not sure.)  There's also an option to get validated parking at the parking garage northeast of the science center.  Someone will need to help me with how this works, since I've never done the parking garage personally.

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  • Ross M.

    Thanks for coming everyone! It was nice seeing you all again. I hope you enjoyed the typical way I do First Friday when I'm alone and not with someone else's meetup group. I enjoyed having company! I really liked the art in the science center planetarium. I'm excited to learn that it's going to be repeated every First Friday!

    I like the feedback that we should look around more on Roosevelt and perhaps skip cityscape. That sounds like a good way to do it next time.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Ross M.

    Stephanie and I are on the right front porch.

    January 3, 2014

  • Ross M.

    The optional walk for this event is about 5 miles. So if you're coming on the walk, remember to bring something warm enough to be out for a while. People can also break off for shorter walks, or if you park north of the science center we can walk by your car to drop you off.

    January 2, 2014

  • Ross M.

    The lecture at the Science Center "Using Video Games for Learning":

    Did your kids get the new Play Station 4 for the holidays or do you have to fight your kids to stop playing their video games? Until recently, the perspective that video games lacked any educational value and was mere entertainment, dominated adults' understanding of the role video games played in children's lives. However, research suggests that video games can teach children academic and non-academic content as well as transferable skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Join Drs. Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Hayes from Arizona State University for a discussion of how video games teach children, and what adults can do to help children learn using video games.

    December 29, 2013

    • Lisa

      I really hate the dolphin zombies in 1 and like the gas bomb beans in 2 :)

      December 31, 2013

    • Ross M.

      I like the fog levels. Fog can be a challenge. :-)

      December 31, 2013

  • Ross M.

    Pizzeria Bianco doesn't have many large tables, which is an issue now that we have 10 attending. (A second issue!) So I'm going to switch dinner to the Rose and Crown. Thanks for the suggestion of Cibo Suburban Pizza, Michele. It would be nice to try that also sometime, but for this event I think something close to the Science Center is better.

    December 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    Parking is free for 2 or 3 hours in the garage i think. Then you pay. But last time i got charged the full $14 for event parking so meters may be the best option. If you park in the garage make sure you get your ticket validated at the science center.

    1 · December 26, 2013

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