Today, we had the opportunity to go to Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. It is a great place to take the family for a day. Kids up to age 19 get in free which is a really great deal!
There are galleries and live demos available all day long. We spent about 3-4 hours there with our four kids who range in age from 7-18 and my parents. Some of the highlights were the Glass Lab. Check out the glass eyes, human anatomy, and bombs. There is a video that shows how all of these items were made.
There was a demonstration of glass breaking that showed the difference between safety glass, tempered glass, and bullet proof glass. We watched the glass blower making a Christmas Tree that someone in the audience had drawn. We were hoping that they would choose to make the drawing that John submitted. It was fun to watch anyway. We watched the artist creating a delicate glass dog too.
There was some really great history and information shared in the gallery. I think it may work into some interesting lessons. For example: 4.P.2 Understand the composition and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change or interaction.
The change that takes place when glass is heated, cooled, reheated, and annealed could be discussed after sharing some of the video I took while we were in the museum. I'll be posting the videos, pictures, and lesson plan ideas as I have time to give them consideration and development.