Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – April 16, 2017


  • Update: April outing at 9:45 am on the 22nd to learn about farming at the Science Center.
  • Add-on to see the FIRST Robotics Championship.
  • Add-on to participate in the People’s Joy Parade.
  • Initial planning has started for camping in May, June, and July.
  • New: We had a lot of fun at our General Meeting this morning.
  • New: Our next Council Meeting will be May 7 at 9:30.

April 22: Farming
We will visit the St. Louis Science Center’s GROW exhibit to learn about the journey of food to our tables. Unfortunately, we won’t have a docent from the Science Center guiding us (it’s Earth Day, so they are very busy), so we will do a self-guided tour of the exhibit. We will instead participate in the Science Center’s Farming, Earth Day, and a special bovine exhibit. We anticipate a cost of $5/person to enter the Science Center.

We will plan to meet at the GROW exhibit at 9:45 (not 9:30, as proposed earlier). The building opens at 9:30, and parking is free at the Planetarium entrance. Please see the flyer for more information.

April 26-29 Add-on: FIRST Championship
St. Louis has hosted the world championships for FIRST Robotics for several years, and they are great opportunities to see children from around the country and the world who have but STEM thinking to use to build LEGO or metal/plastic robots (depending on the age group) to solve various problems. Admission to the competitions and pits are free. 2017 will be the last year for a while that St. Louis hosts this great opportunity to see international children excited about STEM.

May 6 Add-On: People’s Joy Parade
We will participate in the People’s Joy Parade with a float. The Navigators have created a banner for us to carry at our recent events, and we plan also have a truck (potentially with a trailer) to carry a tent and tired Navigators.

Please wear your shirts and sashes if you participate. Additionally, the overall theme of the parade is about protecting Missouri’s endangered species, so feel free to accessorize on that theme beyond the uniform.

The event starts at 1:11 pm officially, but we will have to gather earlier. More details will come soon. Kyle Crawford is planning this event, with assistance from Andy Ford.

Note: earlier emails had the date wrong.

Reminder: An add-on is an event that some families in Navigators might attend, but not an event for which we are having a formal presence. If you know of other events that might be fun for Navigators, please let us know, and we will advertise them and add them to our calendar.

May 19-21: Camping/Space/Mine
We intend to camp the weekend of May 19-21 in St. Francois State Park, combined with a visit to a Space Museum and possibly a mine tour and/or a visiting to a mining museum (the exact combination of museums and outdoor activity will depend on the weather – we’ll do more in museums if it’s a rainy weekend). We have a campsite reservation, and we will start asking for RSVPs soon. Kyle Crawford is planning this event.

June 23-25 (tentative): Camping/Sailing
We have tentative plans to camp near Carlyle Lake in central Illinois, with sailing on the lake during the day. Haley Pepper is planning this event.

July 21-23 (tentative): Camping/Floating
We have tentative plans to return to Meramec State Park for camping and floating. Andy For and Ellen Wilson are starting initial planning for this event.

General Meetings
April 16
We had a food-related General Meeting this morning in preparation for the GROW outing next weekend. Because of the Egg Hunt, the schedule was modified so that our activity was during the Platform at 11:00 instead of before the Platform.

We had a brief overview then broke the kids into two groups: older and younger. The younger kids talked about where food comes from and read The Little Red Hen, and then played a matching game of food and what the plant looks like. The older kids learned about ingredients and the role they play in preservation and texture (comparing Wonder Break and a natural loaf of bread with no preservatives).

Then all the kids made seed pods by ripping and mushing up newspaper and water in a blender. After squeezing out the excess water they got to pick seeds to put in the mess and make a ball to plant later.

May 14
The General Meeting will be at 9:45 am at the Ethical Society on May 14. An early tentative plan is to re-mulch the trails in the Ethical Woods behind the Ethical Society building as a service project.

May Council Meeting
Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on May 7 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.

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