Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering (SEMMantics 38) Coming Up April 21st – 23rd

Check out the lineup at this year’s Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering.  Please note that the event will be at a new hotel this year, the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott in Romulus, Michigan.  Register and get all the pertinent details here: http://mensadetroit.com/semmantics/.  Please note that you’ll get a cheaper price if you register prior to April 8th, when the price goes up!

The Kids’ events are listed below:

FRIDAY 

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Learn and Explore in the Kids’ Room!
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
“Free Build” in the kids’ room with Legos, Snap Circuits, marble maze, puzzles, games, and life-sized Minecraft Blocks all weekend!  Learn microscopy techniques, play with robots.  Don’t forget to enter our weekend-long Lego-building contest.  Judging right before our award’s ceremony Sunday morning!

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Icebreaker & Pizza
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Let’s get to know each other over pizza with a mystery ice-breaker!

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Build a Marble Maze
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Let’s build a marble maze we can use to play with all weekend.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Computer Tips & Tricks for Kids and Parents
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Bring your computer/tablet and questions!  I will also speak on how to get/use a computer to meet your needs, how to keep viruses, ransomware and malware from spoiling your fun, how to safely download and install Minecraft mods, how to play XBOX games on your Windows 10 PC, etc.

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Kids’ Pool Party
Pool Area
Let’s let loose in the pool and have some fun!

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Chocolate Feast
Hospitality #227 (2nd Floor)
Kids’ participate in the chocolate feast.  Get your chocolate fix!

SATURDAY

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Learn and Explore in the Kids’ Room!
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
“Free Build” in the kids’ room with Legos, Snap Circuits, marble maze, puzzles, games, and life-sized Minecraft Blocks all weekend!  Learn microscopy techniques, play with robots.  Don’t forget to enter our weekend-long Lego-building contest.  Judging right before our award’s ceremony Sunday morning!

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Kids’ Take-It-Apart Party
Livonia Room
Electrical and Mechanical Take-It-Apart party complete with all our old stuff!  This will give your kids a chance to see what makes common household items tick, such as computers, old cell phones, appliances, plumbing, etc.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to Electromagnetics and Acoustics
Will Robinson, Bose
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Bose engineer, Will Robinson presents a brief tutorial on electromagnetics and acoustics in preparation for his “Build a Speaker” workshop.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Build Your Own Paper Plate Speaker
Will Robinson, Bose
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Bose Engineer, Will Robinson, teaches workshop attendees how to build a simple speaker out of a paper plate.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kids’ Freeform Karaoke
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Let’s have some fun singing alone or together just for fun!  Let’s get some choruses and duets going too!  We will use our Karaoke machine with mobile devices again this year.  Use ours or bring your own.  This year our iPad will use a Karaoke app to make your song selection easier!

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Around the World with Teens and Tweens
Dave Cahn
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Join Dave, Martin (15), and Heather (12) on an interactive slide trip around the world. The children will see and discuss the Tower of London, Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, and other famous places they often recognize.  It’s a great geography lesson and shows how kids can enjoy international travel.  This talk is for kids of all ages.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Make, Take and Interpret Your Own Blood Smear Slide
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Have you ever wondered what happens when you get your blood taken at the doctor’s office and it gets tested?  What does the lab tech check for to make sure you are healthy?  A blood smear has several indicators that can be used to predict your overall health.  Make, stain and learn to interpret a slide of your own blood.

7:30 p.m. –10:00 p.m.
Kids Dance with Musician and Dance Competition
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Let’s party at the kids dance!  Dancers bring your best moves for the dance competition.  Musicians (Karaoke singer(s) or homemade band), sign up in 15 minute increments.  Signups begin at the beginning of the RG.  Kids and Adult Musicians are welcome!

SUNDAY

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn and Explore in the Kids’ Room!
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
“Free Build” in the kids’ room with Legos, Snap Circuits, marble maze, puzzles, games, and life-sized Minecraft Blocks all weekend!  Learn microscopy techniques, play with robots.  Don’t forget to enter our weekend-long Lego-building contest.  Judging right before our award’s ceremony Sunday morning!

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Arts ‘N Scraps – Build Your Own Outer Space Home
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Here’s your chance to figure out all the logistics for a home built on Mars or other outer space world.  What material do you need to use?  How will you oxygenate your home, heat/cool your home?  How will you provide water/food and entertainment in your home?  You figure it out and then build it!

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Make and Take a Birdhouse for Your Backyard
Melissa Jenkins
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Let’s construct a natural cedar birdhouse that you can use to attract birds to your backyard.  We will be making basic bluebird houses and learning more about attracting and observing songbirds!

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Lego Project Judging
Southfield Room (Kids’ Room)
Be sure to finish your Lego Contest projects by 11:00 a.m. Sunday.  We will line them up then for the judging session!

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