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Exploring the Wonders of Science: Chicago With Your Grandchild

Program No. 23719RJ
Alongside your grandchild, discover the wonders of Science while exploring the Windy City. Practice your problem solving skills as you build a robot and design a zoo habitat for a Lion.

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At a Glance

Alongside your grandchild, discover the wonders of science while exploring the Windy City. When you’re not making new friends big and small, you’ll get a chance to practice problem-solving skills with your grandchild as you build a robot, learn the scientific method while cruising the Chicago River, or design a zoo habitat for an African lion.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles a day and standing at museums and on walking explorations.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore some of Chicago’s most iconic museums and learn about the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Build your very own robot and see it in action at the end of the workshop.
  • Explore Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry with fun and engaging activities included for all ages
Featured Expert
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Aurora Cruz Nelson
Aurora Cruz Nelson is a seasoned world traveler and infinite life learner. She strives to ensure that others are positively impacted by their travel; her experience has given her a global perspective that she wants to share. She is motivated by her dedication to quality life for all. Aurora has held positions in education, nonprofits, and travel sectors. Her strengths include creativity, curiosity, and gratitude. Her favorite person is her teenage son, who she took on a six-country gap year.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
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Aurora Cruz Nelson View biography
Aurora Cruz Nelson is a seasoned world traveler and infinite life learner. She strives to ensure that others are positively impacted by their travel; her experience has given her a global perspective that she wants to share. She is motivated by her dedication to quality life for all. Aurora has held positions in education, nonprofits, and travel sectors. Her strengths include creativity, curiosity, and gratitude. Her favorite person is her teenage son, who she took on a six-country gap year.
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Kim Johnson View biography
Kim Johnson is a lifelong Michigander. A graduate of Michigan State University, she spent over 30 years as a commercial banker. By happenstance, she discovered group leading which allowed her to retire early. This career change perfectly coincided with her grown sons venturing out on their own career paths. Today, Kim and her husband Greg are both enjoying life as group leaders with both students and adults. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, cycling, pet-sitting, and researching new places to visit.
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Anthony DeSalvo View biography
Anthony DeSalvo is a Chicago native. Graduating from DePaul University with degrees in history and secondary education, Anthony taught history and geography at the high school level. He continues to substitute teach in his local school district. An ardent traveler, Anthony enjoys leading trips and engaging with groups not only in Chicago but also in the Midwest, Colorado, Arizona, and California. Anthony spends his free time working with youths and reading historical nonfiction and biographies.





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