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October 12, 2011

4H Achievement Day at the Buck Institute ~Thankful Thursday w/Linky

When I found out that Marin County 4H Achievement Day was to be held at the Buck Institute here in Novato, I made sure my schedule allowed time to go.  I've always wanted to see this structural masterpiece in person.  What a treat to be able to explore the building! 

The Buck Institute sits secluded and prominently atop Mt. Burdell, overlooking the north portion of Novato.  The building was designed by famed architect, I. M. Pei. and the unique curvature of the structure has always peaked my interest, but one cannot just visit or even drive by, as the entrance is gated. 

The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent, non-profit scientific institute dedicated solely to understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease.   The scientists are dedicated to extending the healthy years of life.  They do research on cancer, stem cell research, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's as well as other illnesses.

The thing I found most fascinating and exciting about the Buck Institute is that they allow field trips for grades K-12th and even have summer internships available for high school students along with stem cell courses, just to name a couple programs.

I could definitely see our little one room school house scheduling a field trip here!



 
















A view from the inside stairway of the Buck Institute.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 4H kids really enjoyed walking up on stage in the auditorium to receive their awards.  The stage and lighting somehow made it seem even more special.  Bryce received his award/patch for his hat for completing his annual record book.




After the ceremony, everyone filed out into the atrium, just outside the auditorium, for snacks.

Bryce, his cousin, Jack and Jack's cousin and our friend, Derrick enjoying brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

This Thankful Thursday I'm thankful for the research the Buck Institute provides on aging and for its mentor offerings to our kids.

Link up to Thankful Thursday or just share in the comment section on what you are thankful for this week!





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