Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Geek Mommies of Princeton

Alice C. Linsley

I recently visited my daughter to meet my new grandson, Sebastian (shown below). My daughter lives near Princeton, New Jersey, and is a member of an unusual group.

The Geek Mommies of Princeton has about 40 members and the only criteria for membership is that you be a mother and curious about the world. The young mothers get together monthly to inquire, question, explore, and share their thoughts about child care and how to encourage their children in STEM.

Monthly activities include potlucks, children's book exchanges, afternoon tea at the Buck's County Children's Museum, and science experiments. The children have learned about propulsion, making a volcano, and painting with spices and teas.

There is also a weekly play date with about 5 regular participants.

Mothers also read and discuss science fiction, fantasy, biographies and articles on sustainable living.

This group can serve as a model for other similar groups in which children are nurtured in an environment of inquisitive exploration and play.

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