Slice of Sci

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.”

                                                   ~Leonardo da Vinci


February 19th, 2017 marked Boston’s Stand Up for Science rally. Held in historic Copley Square, members and supporters of the scientific community gathered to protest the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the field.  Away from the front lines, I expressed my solidarity by spending the day at the Museum of Science, Boston, one of the city’s most popular attractions. 

With school vacation underway, the museum was packed with visitors of all ages excited to experience a world of discovery and education.

The visit began with Da Vinci-The Genius. Running through February 26th, the exhibition explores Leonardo da Vinci’s groundbreaking contributions to society such as through art, engineering, and mathematics. From testing out the Vitruvian Man principle in measuring human proportion to uncovering secrets of the Mona Lisa, visitors have the opportunity to dissect his brilliance.

Another exhibit worth seeing is the Hall of Human Lifean interactive look into the human body. Incorporating Link stations throughout the hall, guests can apply their own personal data in numerous activities and draw live results. My favorite part is the How Efficient is Your Walk? station which tracks the number of calories burned while walking down the runway, showing that even the most routine action can be tested, measured, and analyzed. 

Amidst all the fun, I was reminded of how much science teaches us about ourselves and the world we live in. No matter the political party, the quest for truth and reliable data should unite all citizens for the common good. In the age of advancement, it’s essential to honor the innovators of the past and encourage the minds of the future.


What role has science played in your life? Should institutions like the Museum of Science, Boston host open forums to understand the recent wave of skepticism from the government? Share below!



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    • Thanks for your comment Ken. The da Vinci exhibit is running through February 26th if interested!

  1. I was interested in science whilst at school but to be honest was never any good at it. My science teacher had a way of involving each pupil by calling them to the front to take part in demonstrations.

    We need more science museums which have free entry or charge at an affordable rate.

    • Thanks for your comment Phoenicia. Science wasn’t my strongest subject in school, but exhibits like those at the Museum of Science, Boston present creative and fun ways to apply scientific learnings to everyday scenarios. Accessibility to these programs is something all venues should offer, so having a free admission day could help work towards that goal.

  2. Museum visit sounds a great way to keep kids occupied and learning. I love Boston as it reminds me so much of England. I used to love taking my kids to the Science Museum in London.

    • Thanks for your comment Mina. London is on my must-travel list! Any exhibits you recommend seeing at the Science Museum?

  3. This is so different than the science topics I’m used to. I’ll have to add the museum to my list of travels. Da Vinci was a genius, and there’s so much mystery behind his Mona Lisa painting. I’m sure I would love the exhibit!

    • Thanks for your comment Danielle. Hopefully the exhibit will be brought to other parts of the country. I was amazed by all the contributions da Vinci made outside the scientific field. I’m even more intrigued now to see the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre.

  4. Looks like an interesting visit to the Science Museum. Leonardo da Vinci was truly fantastic.

  5. What a wonderful looking museum! I love all kinds of museums and I totally support anything that we can do to educate our leaders (cough, cough) on the importance of science and the arts!

    • Thanks for your comment Marquita. The museum brings science to life in ways that entertain and educate both kids and adults.

  6. Oh, how cool! I’m sorry I missed an opportunity to Stand Up for Science but thankful for a chance to experience it through your eyes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for your comment Aleisha. Boston has a busy spring full of Sci/tech events so stay tuned!

  7. That’s so interesting, thank you for sharing 😀
    ‘There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.’ love the quote

    • Thanks for your comment Sushmita. The quote was displayed throughout the da Vinci exhibition and stood out to me too. A different way to look at people.

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