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Science At Play: Make Your Own Crystals

Blog Author:  Katelyn Rutty On 10.23.20

If you have ever seen a geode, you will marvel at the beauty inside the seemingly plain exterior. Geodes are empty rocks filled with crystals and today, one of Teen Innovation Ambassadors is going to show you how to create your own crystals at home. Follow along and you can have your very own crystal …

STEM Career Spotlight: Horticulture

Blog Author:  Katelyn Rutty On 10.21.20

We are so excited to welcome everyone back into the Butterfly Encounter. This beautiful, lively, tropical environment will have you forgetting you are in the middle of Hartford, CT. Our Butterfly Encounter is run by a team of dedicated individuals under the direction of our  Horticulturist and Butterfly Encounter Manager, Kimberly Kelly. Today, one of …

Using Summary Tables to Create Cohesion

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan On 10.20.20

As a former high school science teacher, I can attest to the fact that it is difficult to remember the specific lessons I taught, the order I taught them, and the key takeaways from each. My plan book was my best friend. A student was absent? Check the plan book. Support staff wants to know …

Science Sunday: How Thunder and Lightning Work

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 10.19.20

We have received so many amazing questions through our Dear Science campaign, we wanted to answer one special here on Science Sunday. Camile and Eva in Glastonbury asked us a great question for Mark to help us answer: How does thunder work? To understand thunder, we first have to talk about lightning- you can’t have …

Science At Play: Day Length Detectives

Blog Author:  Aoife Ryle On 10.16.20

You may be noticing that the days are starting to get shorter as the weather begins to cool and the leaves begin to change. While they have technically been shortening since the solstice, which fell on June 20 this year, we often don’t notice the change until this time of year. As a massive summer …

Down To A Science Book Club: The Alchemy of Us

Blog Author:  Jennifer Kirkland On 10.14.20

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and had a passion for science at a young age.  While she enjoyed learning about science in those early years, she found the way science was taught in college to be very boring.  She struggled with her science education until one professor profoundly changed her …

Science At Play: Stand Castles?! Stabilized Earth

Blog Author:  Bryan Avery On 10.13.20

Welcome to Earth Science week at the Connecticut Science Center. If you have ever made a sand castle at the beach, you know that sand can be great for building, but not too strong when weight is added. What if there was a way to make the structure stronger, strong enough for me to stand …

Science Sunday: Weight Dispersion

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 10.12.20

A nail meets a balloon, what happens? Well, you’re right, most of the time we would expect to hear a pop, and the balloon is deflated. What if we told you, there was a way to make it so the balloon doesn’t pop? You might think we’re crazy, but we can prove it can be …