Pilot kickoff, a smashing success!!

The first day for the Schoobents was an early one.  We met promptly at 8:00 AM (most of us) and departed for the Explorers Club headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Like true explorers, we took the subway.

Michelle reading on the way ... or hiding her face

We arrived at the club and were ushered to the Trophy Room, where the lecture would be held.  With granola bars and Sierra Mist in hand, we began to take in our new surroundings.  Were we really in the same room that Teddy Roosevelt held cabinet meetings and  Sir Edmund Hillary talked about Everest?  …  We were certainly in the same room that a lion lay stuffed in and animals’ heads hung from the walls.

Lassana with his new friends

Rodney in the Trophy Room

Michelle and the lion

We stuffed our face with the free food (at least I did), and got ready for the lecture.  Horseshoe crabs!!!

A friendly lecture with Dr. John Tanacredi, Dowling College Professor of Earth & Marine Sciences

More lecture

Hey, Dr. John, our boy Rodney's got a question for ya.

A tour of the club followed, and the kids let me take a Schooba marketing picture in front of a giant globe.

Michelle with a bunch of famous old dudes

Juan and Rolman checkin' out the artwork

Those flags have been to the moon, to the summit of Mt. Everest, to both poles, and beyond!

The Schoobents at the Explorers Club!

Lassana in front of the club

Then, it was back to Brooklyn for some pizza, beef patties (with cheese, pepperoni, and coco bread), and Schooba Academy cake!!

Picking the tunes

Pizzaaaaa!

Kids with the cake

Overall, it was a fantastic day.  The kids got to experience something new, meet some super interesting people, and even learn a bit of science!!  I’ll leave you with this short clip from the day:

Big shout out to Alyssa, Lissa, Rob and Mom for coming down (up?) and helping out.

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